Marijuana Affects Hair Loss
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When I noticed hair loss and thinning hair for the first time, I did what most people would do. I tried to understand and identify why I was losing hair. I re-evaluated my day-to-day lifestyle and tried to determine what the potential cause could be. When it comes to hair loss, we’re all familiar with genetics playing a significant role. However, the environmental factors that we engage with can either reduce or increase the loss of hair from our scalp.
Now that cannabis is legal in Canada, there have been many concerns as to whether it’s good or bad for our general health. Cannabis is known for recreational use and is prescribed to people who have medical conditions such as glaucoma, arthritis, epilepsy, and anxiety, just to name a few. Over the past few months, the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic has had plenty of inquiries related to cannabis use and hair loss. Although everyone is aware of the psychological effects of cannabis, studies on the use of marijuana and its effect on hair are still in the research phase. The consumption of marijuana may intensify conditions like alopecia areata or the occurrence of bald spots according to some doctors. However, cannabis affects people in different ways.
Are you a cannabis user?
For cannabis users, it is common to have a big appetite after consuming marijuana. Cannabis can affect our food and liquid intake behaviour while we are under its influence. One link between cannabis and hair loss is the nutritional deficiencies, which could potentially lead to increased hair shedding. When the human body is deficient in nutrition, our hair shafts cause breakage, which results in more shedding. On the other side, studies show that users who consume marijuana 3 to 5 times a week experience faster hair growth. With opposite turnouts from one person to another, there is still no publicly released research weighing on the effectiveness of marijuana for hair growth. However, cannabis sources have recommended various strains with high CBD (cannabidiol) content to enhance and regain hair growth.
Marijuana can reduce your testosterone while increasing estrogen level, which can be problematic on a physical level for both male and females. For females with high estrogen levels, it could cause excessive bleeding and cramping, whereas men could experience hair loss. You want to maintain a balance with your hormones throughout your daily lifestyle regime. Another link between marijuana and hair is the effect of stress, which is a well-known cause of hair loss. Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is known to have positive effects on your mood such as depression, insomnia, and stress. Marijuana be used as an alternative to anti-depressants for people who refuse to be prescribed tablets due to the side effects. Although the evidence on marijuana linked with hair loss is still under research, it is a proven fact that anti-depressant pills have side effects, including hair loss for both male and females.
At the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic, we offer a variety of treatments and services ranging from FUE (follicular unit extraction) hair transplants with both NeoGraft and SmartGraft, PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy, SMP (scalp micropigmentation), and Theradome laser light therapy as well as various haircare products. If you have any hair loss concerns, please contact the Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic today for your consultation.
Cannabis smoking & hair loss: yes, marijuana can cause hair loss & weaken hair follicles. Large amounts of weed regularly = higher chance of hair loss!
Balding Pot Heads – Cannabis Smoking Linked to Hair Loss
Results haven’t been published yet but researchers at the University of Amsterdam suggest that regular smoking of cannabis contributes directly to hair loss.
Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug and is used by roughly two million people in the UK, despite the many known negative side effects. The study of men and woman aged between 18 and 60 who regular smoked the drug found that young males in particular were prone to the effects of regular smoking and hair loss is one of them.
If we think about it hypothetically for a second, the link between marijuana, skunk, green, gear – whatever you want to call it – and thinning hair makes sense, and can be inferred through previous studies. Regular cannabis use harms the body in two distinct ways – via the effect of the substance itself and via negative lifestyle changes, such as increased stress levels, irregular eating habits and poor dietary intake.
Hormonal link between cannabis and hair loss
Any major change in our lives can be reflected in the condition of our skin, hair and scalp. Studies suggest that smoking cannabis alters multiple hormonal systems within males and females, which can lead to side effects such as hair loss, lowered libido, increased aggressiveness, acne, and increased facial hair.
General link between smoking and hair loss
The general toxicity of smoking has been linked to hair loss. The carcinogen content has been shown to slow down cell proliferation in the hair follicles – the result being significant hair loss as the follicles prematurely enter telogen (resting phase of the hair growth lifecycle) until the environment is more conducive to growth. Sometimes hair loss treatments are necessary to promote regrowth.
Nutritional link between cannabis and hair loss
According to one study, cannabis use “affects food and liquid intake behavior, taste preference, and body weight. Changes in specific nutrient status and metabolism can also develop”. Nutritional deficiencies can contribute to increased hair shedding by weakening hair shafts that cause breakage to the hair and slow regrowth.
Cancer link between cannabis and hair loss
Studies have concluded that higher consumption of sodium, lower fruit and vegetable intake, lower serum carotenoid levels, higher alcohol intake, higher cigarette use and the compounded carcinogenic effects of marijuana place users at a higher future risk for cardiovascular disease and cancer, particularly site-specific cancers such as cervical and prostate. Hair loss has also been linked to cancer, particularly of the prostate, and a recent study suggests frequent or long-term marijuana use may double a man’s risk of testicular cancer. It’s currently one of the most common cancers in younger men, with approximately 2,000 new cases each year in the UK.
Stress link between cannabis and hair loss
Stress is a key player in hair loss and regular marijuana users tend to have a lot of stress and use the substance to alleviate the problem. However, cannabis is a depressant and because it affects hormone levels it only exacerbates stress which in turn aggravates hairloss.
There are numerous factors that can cause thinning hair which must also be considered when diagnosing the condition, such as a genetic tendency to thinning hair despite the use of marijuana. However, as head of the most recent study, Dr Bob van Rossum said: “This just goes on the ever growing list of negative effects of smoking cannabis.”
The Belgravia Centre
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.
Researchers at the University of Amsterdam suggest that regular smoking of cannabis contributes directly to hair loss but there's a genetic tendency to thinning hair despite the use of marijuana.