[Ed. note: Even if you’re a woman?]
Smoking marijuana can give men ‘man boobs’, an American plastic surgeon has claimed.
Dr Anthony Youn, from YOUN Plastic Surgery, in Detroit, says cannabis could lower testosterone levels in men, leading to the development of excess breast tissue.
He says ‘man boobs’ are caused by an imbalance in the body’s levels of testosterone and oestrogen.
Writing for CNN, Dr Youn explained that when the balance is in favour of oestrogen, instead of testosterone, extra breast tissue is created – and that cannabis can help tip the balance.
Dr Youn says ‘moobs’ – technically known as gynaecomastia – affect about 33 to 41 per cent of men aged 25 to 44.
He says the condition also affects as many as 60 per cent of teenage boys and 55 to 60 per cent of over-50s.
Most cases of ‘moobs’ resolve themselves within a couple of years but the removal of extra breast tissue is now the fifth most common plastic surgery choice for men in the U.S.