Got Moobs? Stop Toking Up
December 8, 2013

Got Moobs? Stop Toking Up

That’s right. For all you men suffering from the moobs, one Detroit doctor by the name of Dr. Anthony Youn contributed to a CNN article that compels us to think twice about smoking pot, especially males. His article explains there is at least a connection between man boobs (aka moobs or gynecomastia) and marijuana use.

Now, the article does say that there is not a causative study absolutely connecting the two in humans, but it does identify one such study in animals: “Animal studies have shown that exposure to the active ingredient in marijuana can result in a decrease in testosterone levels, a reduction of testicular size, and abnormalities in the form and function of sperm.”

According to the Mayo Clinic, “gynecomastia is swelling of the breast tissue in boys or men, caused by an imbalance of the hormones estrogen and testosterone.” Clearly, one can see the connection between the animal studies discussed in the CNN article and the definition according to the Mayo Clinic. However, without absolute scientific support through research, doctors and scientists alike are not willing to confirm that pot causes moobs absolutely. I mean, the most recent studies the article acknowledges come from the 1970s.

And yet, in a practical way, Dr. Youn writes:

“So can smoking pot really give you man boobs?

Probably. Although the association between marijuana and gynecomastia hasn’t been conclusively proven, it appears very plausible. For this reason, the majority of plastic surgeons I’ve consulted with routinely inquire with their gynecomastia patients about cannabis use and recommend they stop smoking pot immediately.”

It seems to me that for men who smoke pot and eat too much when they have the munchies, it should come as no surprise that they have moobs. For many of these men, simply watching their diet can help. Of course, for those who have moobs due to hormone issues, that is another thing.

Furthermore, the CNN article explains “most cases of gynecomastia resolve spontaneously within a few months to a few years.” Despite the fact that moobs are relatively easy to fix and control, just under 23,000 men had plastic surgery on them in 2012, and it was in the top five most common plastic surgery for men as the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery shows in its recent data. What are the others, you ask?

  • Lipoplasty (aka liposuction) – 41,642
  • Rhinoplasty (aka nose job) – 29,966
  • Blepharoplasty (aka cosmetic eyelid surgery) – 23,251
  • Gynecomastia (aka moob job) – 22,736
  • Otoplasty (aka ear job) – 12,053

Though Youn did not discuss the other forms of plastic surgery, he did explain that an easy alternative for gynecomastia to going under the knife is not smoking pot for those who enjoy the regular toke. And even though the research does not show an absolute connection, Dr. Youn and others believe that there probably is one such connection.

So, the long and short of it is, to avoid moobs, cut back on the weed. If you are one who does not light up the dooby yet still has moobs, a bit of patience may be the best answer for you. Or seeking out some plastic surgery if you’re willing to undergo such a thing. In any case, talk to a doctor about the condition and options.

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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