We have really only just begun to scratch the surface of our knowledge about marijuana. For such a long period of time it has been attached to a negative stigma as well as being illegal and frightening scientists away from exploration. But now that 28 states have legalized medical marijuana and 20 percent of the country has legalized recreational weed, it’s become less and less of a stigma to explore. As a result, new marijuana benefits are being uncovered all the time. One new question being posed by weed users relates to a subject that is sensitive to many: hair. Some users who consume marijuana 3 to 5 times a week have reported noticing that their hair grows a lot faster. Is this an imagined event or does marijuana really make your hair grow faster?
While there hasn’t been any publicly released research weighing in on the effectiveness of marijuana for hair growth, Marijuana Break has recommended a handful of cannabis strains they’ve deemed the best at regaining lovely locks. The Critical Mass strain topped their list with Ringo’s Gift, Corazon, Valentine X and Cannatonic following. Marijuana Break cited high CBD content as a factor in their strain selection process.
As it turns out there are a few hypothesized reasons for the hair growth. Firstly, marijuana can lower testosterone and increase estrogen levels. High estrogen levels causes hair growth. The problem with this scenario is that high estrogen levels are problematic on a physical level for both men and women. While it may cause problematic periods for women with excess bleeding and cramping, the manifestation of high estrogen in men is baldness. So there is an inherent problem in that the higher estrogen levels both speed up hair growth as well as creating hair loss. It is probably healthier on this level to not increase estrogen levels. In order to do this, avoid soy altogether, limit beer intake and be sure to get enough zinc.
Another way that marijuana can be linked to hair growth is through the metabolism. Marijuana benefits include a faster metabolic rate. This relates to how your body as a whole metabolizes. This means digestion is faster, the body works more quickly and even aging can come on more rapidly. To avoid the negative aspects of a faster metabolism, it is good to consume antioxidants, herbs such as schizandra, eat alkalizing foods such as green vegetables and drink enough water. Then you have the ability to protect your body while enjoying a healthy metabolism.
A final proposition for how marijuana may increase hair growth is through its effect on stress levels. One big cause of hair loss is stress. Marijuana benefits most definitely include positive effects on mood, depression, insomnia and stress. Marijuana helps many people cope with stress, eradicating it almost instantly after consumption. It is also a powerful anti-depressant which helps to stabilize stress levels in general. Stress is the cause of multiple physical ailments in general so weed can become a way of easing the pressures of life on the body. Hair loss can be a manifestation of stress and can possibly be avoided through marijuana use.
So while there’s some evidence to indicate that marijuana can help with hair growth, it is probably not the best direct option. Using it solely for those purposes may not be an effective solution. However, if you’re using marijuana to cope with stress, you may notice hair loss prevention as a welcome side effect.
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