In part 1 I covered the sexual hormone effects of Marijuana use. To avoid them use liquid THC. In this installment I will cover the metabolic hormone and neurohormonal effects of marijuana use
We have all heard that weed makes you eat junk food. We have also heard It causes estrogen issues. In the last article I covered the estrogen angle, here I will address how your appetite is influenced by marijuana.
Marijuana increases levels of Ghrelin and Leptin but has no effect on insulin. This means it increases the hormone, ghrelin, that makes you target junk food and makes you more addicted to addictive food than if you ate it when you weren’t hungry. It also increases the hormone, leptin, which competes with ghrelin and has the opposite effect. If it increases both of them then the reputation of people falling victim to their food cravings indicates that either the magnitude of the ghrelin increase is greater than that of the leptin, or the effect of ghrelin is stronger in the types of people who use marijuana.
Best part is it does NOT increase insulin! This means at least you have a fighting chance to make smart munchie ideas and have some of those calories turn to muscle and not fat. If you stick to your diet food when your having a craving, and that food is low in carbs, there won’t be an insulin spike and the food may be used to regenerate damaged muscle from that day’s festivities. Not stored as fat.
The Cannabinoid receptor CB1 has an antagonist Rimonabant (SR141716). When this receptor was blocked by this antagonist the release of ghrelin was decreased. Thus it is an indirect mechanism that causes ghrelin increase from marijuana use. One could use GHRP-6 to stimulate the ghrelin receptors to get the appetite inducing effects of marijuana without getting high, or one could use marijuana and SR141716 to get high without getting hungry. Likewise one could use SR141716 while dieting to suppress ghrelin and thus hunger.
The big advantage of using both is while dieting is the marijuana will increase the leptin levels and the SR141716 will decrease ghrelin thus resulting in a shift towards appetite suppression and fat loss. But guess what, its not necessary!
Turns out that the way leptin suppresses appetite is through Neuropeptide Y (NPY) and that the SR141716 suppresses Neuropeptide Y as well. So all you really need is SR141716 to have complete reduction in your appetite, or GHRP-6 to boost your appetite. Marijuana use in regards to increasing food consumption is just an excuse to use marijuana. But it is cheaper than GHRP-6.
Best part of SR141716 is it decreased sugar and alcohol consumption. Making this a breakthrough compound for curing addiction in general, in these cases Marijuana, food, and alcoholism. In all likelihood its tied in to a dopaminergic reward mechanism and removing this positive reinforcement may allow people to avoid their addictions more efficiently. Remember, ghrelin makes you more likely to be addicted to addictive foods. Its your bodies way of rewarding you for finding high calorie food, when your body is scared its not getting more food for a while. By inhibiting this receptor it may mitigate this addiction boosting potential of ghrelin.
Respiratory Side Effects of Smoking Marijuana
Like I said in part 1 of this article, smoking is bad for you. Edibles or pure THC liquid is superior.
Smoking can cause lung cancer and damage the macrophages in the Alveoli.
Psychological Effects of Marijuana
There was a movie in the 1940’s I believe called “Reefer Madness” in this movie it depicted the marijuana users as crazed maniacs. This was paid for by our government. Likely the alcohol and tobacco companies bribed government officials to make this horse shit. It is the same thing that happened to steroids and their users in the 1980’s.
Any who, the point is social “scientists” are still convinced of this shit and try to prove it. This is the best they could do:
There is a correlation between low income and low success in life with marijuana smoking. I could go on and on about this for hours but I will keep it brief.
1) If your life goal is to get high, then you really don’t need to get very far in life to get there. If you make enough money at your job to pay your bills and get high then your done, You don’t necessarily need more financial success. Part of the problem is that in our culture success is measured one way: how much money you make. This is despite the fact that money doesn’t buy love or happiness. The wealthy look down their noses at the not wealthy and consider them “unsuccessful”. In my experience some of the happiest people with the most life fulfilment are pot heads. They are always smiling. Im pretty sure wiser people than Ann Coulter and Suze Orman consider happiness, not excessive wealth, the goal in life.
2) Considering these worthless assholes who represent “us” made it illegal, the people who smoke pot are constantly in and out of court. Its hard to hold a job when you randomly have to piss in a cup 3 times a week. So this data is completely skewed.
In conclusion to decide marijuana causes you to have less success and less education and causes you to be broke has a confounding variable, the Law. Its the courts which makes it hard to hold a job, complete school, and make money except when you have to give it to them. In that case there is work release. Remember: alcohol is way worse for you and its legal. That is proof that the law is skewed, and has little equity and logic.
The other thing the social “scientists” claim is that marijuana causes “Cannabis Psychosis”. This is a Psychologist name for schizophrenia from marijuana use. The definition of schizophrenia is really, in a nutshell, loss of touch with reality. It can be temporarily induced with hallucinogens.
They claim Marijuana causes, delusions (thinking outside mainstream societies version of reality), grandiose identity, feelings of persecution, auditory hallucinations, and blunting of emotions.
It sounds like marijuana makes you like me, save the hallucinations. I wish i had auditory hallucinations, the voices in my head would be entertaining as shit.
I can’t believe these idiots actually put this on paper….ITS A HALLUCINOGEN of course it makes you hallucinate!
For all he schooling these “doctors” had, its a shame there was no class called Common Sense 101. Since the “greatest minds” missed this key point i will spell this out.
IF YOU GIVE HALLUCINOGENS TO A PERSON THEY MAY HALLUCINATE!!
What Does This Have To Do With Bodybuilding?
Marijuana really has little impact on your metabolism since it increases both ghrelin and leptin. If you stick to your diet and dont cheat or use the If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM) approach to dieting you should be just fine.
Smoking can kill you, but using liquid THC and or edibles wont. You could use Coconut oil or almond butter as a vehicle for the fat soluble THC to make edibles if a recipe calls for butter.
Marijuana isn’t going to make you a loser or a failure. I know at least one guy who blazed an ⅛ a day; from the minute he woke up to the second he went to bed at ultra high THC concentration FOR YEARS STRAIGHT and he wins bodybuilding shows.
As far as making you crazy…bodybuilding is an insane sport. If you’re beating your body up that hard and often pot is the least of your concerns.
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