Negative effects on metabolism?

Discussion in 'Medicinal Cannabis and Health' started by REALDope., Jun 12, 2008.

  1. REALDope.

    REALDope. Registered+

    My friend told me the other day that herb slows down the metabolism. is this true? Personally it does not effect how i feel about herb because i just see it as a positive thing, but i am really curious if hes right or full of shit to stop me from burning.
    Peace.
     
  2. MotleyCrue0226

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    he is def wrong i have been a skinny herb smoker for 2yrs. it just makes you hungry, if you already have a slow metabolism and eat allot that is a bad combo
     
  3. StickyfingahZ

    StickyfingahZ Registered+

    I was big before smoking,still the same.lol
     
  4. JeffersonBud

    JeffersonBud Banned

    Remember that in medical use they use Herb to stimulate appetite.
     
  5. thcbongman

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    It's the opposite. It speeds metabolism.
     
  6. REALDope.

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    Thanks! Thought it was crap talk. haha.
     
  7. birdgirl73

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    Hold on there. Let's get this on the record correctly. Cannabis neither speeds nor slows the metabolic rate. Metabolic rate has nothing to do with what people smoke. It has to do with lots of other factors like muscle mass, caloric intake and expenditure, percentage of body fat, thyroid function, age, etc. Cannabis may affect caloric intake and appetite, and it certainly can affect cardiovascular function, but there's no evidence it has a direct effect one way or another on the basal or resting metabolic rates.

    You can read some basic information about metabolic rate, which is what people mean when they say "metabolism," here:
    Basal metabolic rate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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  8. daihashi

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    Thank you.. no offense to anyone here but like alot of people who are anti-marijuana... people who use cannabis can create false information that is just ludicrous.

    Marijuana has no effect on your metabolism for good or bad... however it does effect you in several other ways:

    Cardiovascular..
    heart and lungs
    Lowers Testosterone and raises estrogen: This is slight but could prove problematic for any male who is suffering from low testosterone
    Testicular Shrinkage Can reduce testicle size.. in addition to lowering sperm count
    Short Term Memory Can reduce your ability to retain information in your short term memory. Usually this is only the case during intoxication; however with enough smoking it is possible to leave yourself in a haze even after intoxication wears off... still effecting your short term memory.


    and a few other things..

    In reality cannabis is not that harmful and risks are even further reduced through vaporizing or even cooking with it.

    If you gain weight it is probably more likely to getting the munchies as opposed to a slowing metabolism. :hippy:
     
  9. Sir Bliss

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    It really lowers testosterone? That's strange because I'm always 10x hornier when I smoke. Not right when I smoke, but when the high starts wearing off. Hmp...

    And testicle shrinkage :( ...
     
  10. daihashi

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    Keep in mind that these are both very slight. It's just something to consider if you know you have low testosterone or other conditions that may be aggrevated by smoking.

    And while hormones can increase libido... an increased libido is not always a sign of elevated testosterone. :thumbsup:

    I get a bit aroused when I smoke also; but I smoke several times a day so it doesn't effect me as much as when I first started smoking.
     
  11. REALDope.

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    Even though i made this thread i'm equally interested in this nut shrinkage and testosterone lowerage. Kinda freaked the shits outta me. And i thought i was the only horny stoner. haha. As i light my spliff i say this one goes out to the ladies... literally. :pimp:
     
  12. REALDope.

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    And big thanks for providing the metabolism info!
     
  13. daihashi

    daihashi Registered+

    If you're currently a healthy male then you have nothing to worry about. Besides the effects are not permanent. Your testosterone will rise from the slight... slight drop that occurs through smoking as the THC leaves your body.

    It's almost a negligible amount but I felt the need to voice it for anyone that already suffers from low testosterone. :thumbsup:
     
  14. REALDope.

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    I'm a bboy (breakdancer) so I'm not buggin' a bout weight issues. Damn, mad props. You make that ask jeezes kat seem like a panzy. haha.
    Peace. :rastasmoke:
     
  15. thcbongman

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    I'll have to disagree. The act of smoking increases energy expenditure by stimulating the central nervous system. Therefore when you smoke cannabis, tobacco etc. you increase your metabolism. Not significant by any means, but temporarily for a little bit.
     
  16. daihashi

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    Taken from nova Institute: THC-Limits for Food PART 2 Section 5


    Marijuana is actually a CNS depressant not stimulant.
     
  17. thcbongman

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    None the less, it stated that cannabis smoke can exert mutagenic activity as a result of carcinogens. I think that would qualify as the "act of smoking."
     
  18. daihashi

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    Well I don't think I can argue that. No one would argue that. Smoking is exactly what they're talking about.

    It's not the act of smoking persay but rather what is the uptake in your lungs. Meaning it's not the carcinogen uptake but rather THC vs Nicotine.

    Nicotine is what increases energy expenditure as it is a stimulant. THC is a CNS depressant. This is why Marijuana can help many MS patients with nerve pain. Myelin becomes damaged in MS patients and chronic nerve pain can be developed. Because marijuana is a CNS depressant it numbs some of these exposed nerves helping to dull the pain.

    Just to make sure I'm not off the mark about the Nicotine being the factor and not the actual act of smoking can you show me where you got this from:

    "The act of smoking increases energy expenditure by stimulating the central nervous system."

    Because if I use that in a google search every hit that matches seems to indicate they are referring to smoking of Tobacco or cigarettes; which has nicotine in it.
     
  19. thcbongman

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    Ah, I see your point. I concede!
     
  20. DrSpoof

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    i used to get the munches big time... was never overweight but had me a decent little belly. eventually i got over my need to eat when high and i find that it actually helps me control my hunger even when im not stoned.

    after all, if you can will yourself not to eat when stoned, you can will yourself not to eat anytime lol. :rastasmoke:

    DrSpiggity
     

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