The Real Deal
“I thought it’s all about healthy living” is the bullshit I hear all the time. The fitness industry is full of yoga instructors and crossfitters who think less is more. But not in Bodybuilding. Bodybuilding is a sport where more is more. It is the first extreme sport and as such every and any stone will be unturned looking for the keys to success.
For some its about being healthy, but for most it is about looking incredible and being superhuman! For this reason many bodybuilders smoke marijuana in order to make their diet food actually taste good enough for them to shovel 5-7,000 calories of chicken and rice in every day. It also helps keep your anger in check and facilitates a good mind muscle connection: the ability to feel the muscles.
Now For The Bad
First, like Mr. Mackey said, inhaling smoke is bad. The healthier way to consume Marijuana is either as a baked good, which no bodybuilder would eat, or vaporizer. Now people are using the refillable e-cigs and loading them with liquid THC. Thats a safe way to deliver vaporized THC to the blood. THC is the active component in Marijuana.
One of the concerns men have is the bitch tits, or Gynecomastia, which marijuana causes. People for years have assumed it is because marijuana causes an estrogen effect. Below I will delve into this subject and elucidate this confusing issue.
Marijuana And The Estrogen Receptor
A study was done with a few different preparations of marijuana to determine their effect on the estrogen receptor. Refined THC did not compete with estradiol for the estrogen receptor and binding did not occur. Surprisingly this was not the case for the other tested groups. Marijuana smoke, crude marijuana extract, and super high concentration cannabidiol did bind to the estrogen receptor. They did not however elicit any effect when binding, neither an agonistic or antagonistic effect. Why does marijuana bind but THC, the active ingredient, not bind? Because it is the phytoestrogen subcomponent apigenin that is the binding agent. This means that apigenin is a part of the Marijuana plant which isn’t the functional part, THC. This apigenin binds to the estrogen receptor but doesn’t do anything…or does it?
This study in question was done on uterine tissue. This is a tissue not found in men. Perhaps the apigenin acts on different tissue differently. It must have a different action on a male pituitary because marijuana was found in a separate study to inhibit Luteinizing Hormone (LH), Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), and Prolactin (P) from the pituitary. It also causes an increase in Androgen Binding Protein synthesis and release.
Androgen Binding Protein
Androgen Binding Protein (ABP) is actually the exact same thing as Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG). The difference is its location of manufacture. The sertoli cells in the seminiferous tubules in the testes receive a signal from FSH and they begin to produce ABP. ABP then binds to testosterone, DHT and surprisingly estradiol and this complex rests in the testes and facilitates the maturation of sperm.
How exactly marijuana can cause a decrease of FSH but an increase in ABP is beyond me. Of special note is the connection with an article I just wrote on estrogen causing prostate cancer. In it I mentioned that estrogen binds to SHBG and that complex amplifies the DHT influence on prostate cancer growth. This could indicate marijuana smoke can possibly accelerate the rate of prostate cancer growth.
What Does This Mean?
What this means is regardless of the function of apigenin on uterine tissue the bottom line is that the testes don’t convert cholesterol into testosterone because the testes are not signaled to by LH since the marijuana causes the pituitary not to release LH. And the androgen binding proteins are released to mop up free testosterone. The result is a decrease of total and free testosterone and a relative increase of estrogen as its the ratio of testosterone:estrogen which determines masculinity declines. So as one uses marijuana they become less masculine. For bodybuilders this means their steroids or prohormones are cancelled out in some degree by the marijuana and it facilitates testicular shutdown in a major way.
Despite marijuana increasing your appetite and allowing you to eat more, less of what you eat turns to muscle and more of what you eat turns to fat because of the feminization effect of marijuana.
Cardiovascular strain and increased workload on the heart may result in decreased gym performance. It does Increase plasma volume though. This is the solvent in the blood. As anabolics increase red blood cell production the blood gets thicker and get this, to cure bodybuilders of having super thick blood and possible iron overdose it wasn’t unheard of for them to remove blood. Yep, in the 21st century bodybuilders were resorting to bleeding like its 2,000 BC greece! Medicine goes full circle once again. This means if marijuana dilutes the blood then it would alleviate the viscosity issues from anabolics, and render the bleeding obsolete.
Smoking marijuana can have both positive and negative effects on bodybuilding. It helps with getting your food in and lifting but hurts cardiovascular performance and decreases your total and free testosterone which can lower sex drive, sexual performance, aggression, strength and muscle building. And can result in fat and breast tissue acquisition.
If you want the best of both worlds and all the benefits and none of the drawbacks use liquid THC in a refillable E-cig like an Orbit or Puff.
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