Marijuana: A new solution to acne?

I have a feeling this is going to be a very controversial thread, but Ill do my best to make my point.

Ive been smoking weed for about a year now… before that Ive only tried it a few times. I used to be against it, thinking it was much worse for you than smoking tobacco, and that it can permanently alter your way of thinking… but alot of research has been done since pot has been on the verge of being legalized in BC for a while… and very soon doctors will be prescribing it at

One joint is only as bad for you as 4 cigarettes depending on how it is grown… some growers use all organic materials, others may use chemicals to help it grow, although it is easy to tell whether the pot is organic by how smooth the bud tastes, and by how much tar is on the end of the joint after it is smoked… very clean weed will have very little or no tar.

Pot isnt nearly as bad as it is made out to be… it is not at all addictive, unlike smoking cigarettes. I quit smoking pot for a few weeks in row every few months without problems… and I have a kind of addictive personality. To tell you the truth, I find caffiene much more addictive that pot… drinking is even worse. The worse side effect is the damage done to your lungs, which like I said, it is no worse than smoking tobacco.

Pot can bring some people down… many people just get lazy and act stupid, but it has different effects on each user. I actually smoke weed before I work out and go jogging (which I do every second day after building log homes from dawn till dusk). Pot will bring down most people, but if you have the right will power, it can really turn your life around. I know I wouldnt be in nearly as good of shape as I am right now if i hadnt started smoking pot.

But anyway, for quite a while I experienced 100% clear skin even though I had quit avoiding wheat and dairy… which usually I would be breaking out like crazy. I have been on that diet for about 2 years now with really good luck… and I knew that the clear skin couldnt be from outgrowing the acne problem since it was such a sudden change.

I couldnt figure out why I had such clear skin until recently when I heard that THC (what gets you high in pot), lowers your testosterone. You have to smoke alot to get good results with your acne, but the results are much better than anything I have ever tried… and for 3 years I had tried nearly every solution for acne I could find, aside from accutane.

You can actually eat pot, or make pot or hash brownies… or else there are whole cook books available for cooking with pot. This would definately be the way to go if you are only using it for your acne… eating pot has no known side effects according to my family doctor, and it only gives you a body high… your thinking is still perfectly in line.

Pot is quite expensive, especially in the States and northern climates, but not compared to what some people are spending on vitamins and such.

Pot has different effects on everyone… but im sure anyone with a testosterone related acne problem would benefit from it. Im sure most of you may see this thread as a joke or something, but it is definately something that is worth looking into. I wont be able to reply to this thread until next saturday, as I will be at camp working.

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9 thoughts on “Marijuana: A new solution to acne?

  1. Neily-O, I can tell that you’re a sincere person from your letter, and I’m not trying to take a high horse attitude about this, but I strongly disagree with you that smoking pot is not addictive. It is definitely addictive and it is a mind-altering drug (as is alcohol). Nicotine (in cigarettes) is also very addictive, some say more so than heroin, and caffeine is addictive also, but these are not as mind-altering as marijuana. You don’t get high from smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee, although they give your system a temporary boost I guess. (I don’t drink alcohol or coffee myself.)

    An ex-boyfriend whom I was with for a couple of years was a pot addict and he could not seem to stop. He couldn’t go for more than a few hours without smoking. Whenever he tried to stop smoking, he would go through major withdrawal symptoms which he couldn’t bear and he would give up. He had really wild mood swings and his behavior was out of control. He was a rage-aholic. He had the police called on him several times because he would just flip out and start yelling, screaming, throwing, slamming, etc. He would even punch himself in the head. It was just sad. I went to a 12-step program for friends and family of addicts and I found out that this is pretty typical drug addict behavior. I’m not saying that every pot addict behaves really eratically like that though, but it still affects one’s behavior in one way or another. Other pot addicts I’ve known have had a kind of unresponsive “whatever” kind of attitude and are kind of dulled out — slow and not really “with it” or sharp. It can affect one’s memory eventually also. My ex was constantly losing and misplacing stuff and then would totally freak out. I always had to find stuff for him. He would spend hundreds of dollars a month on pot and then not have the money to pay rent. It’s a myth that marijuana is not addictive and you can’t tell me otherwise because I’ve lived it and seen it.

    His roommate was a pot addict also. They lived like drug addicts, not really taking care of their surroundings or themselves normally. I did love my boyfriend and I liked his roommate very much also, but I could see how their habits were wrecking their health and their lives. They’re in their 50’s and they’ve both lost a lot of teeth already. A friend of mine who is a musician said that marijuana smoking is really bad for the gums and teeth and pot addicts usually lose their teeth. My ex has gum disease and could lose all of his teeth. They both coughed a lot. Marijuana is carcinogenic when smoked also — as you said 4 times moreso than cigarettes. He left me and moved to another city, and he eventually became homeless for a while. His habit has really wrecked his life and it pretty much wrecked mine for a while also. It’s no joke, believe me. It’s not something to fool around with.

    I tried marijuana a handful of times. I drank some pot tea a few times and I smoked it a few times. I tried a bong — it burned my throat so bad I was hoarse for a couple of days, which is really bad because I sing (I used to sing professionally). It really messed up my vocal cords. I definitely felt high just from drinking the tea. I admit, I liked the feeling to a degree, but then I could feel that I was starting to crave that high feeling, and that scared me. I didn’t want to end up hooked on it like my ex. Drugs and alcohol might help you forget your troubles and emotional pain temporarily but in the end you still have to go through and process your grief or take care of the problem, and you could end up with a much worse problem on top of that (addiction).

    As to acne, Dr. James Fulton, Jr. wrote about marijuana in his first acne book (he’s written two), and he said that studies of marijuana and acne show that it actually aggravates acne. Although it can lower testosterone temporarily, it can cause hormone levels to wildly fluctuate up and down. It can also eventually cause an estrogen overload in males causing a condition where a man gets enlarged breasts. It is not a common condition, but it happens. Someone else posted here that he felt that marijuana was making his acne worse: see http://www.clearskin.net/viewtopic.php?t=1465 .

    I have a few friends who may smoke a joint occasionally (they haven’t in front of me, but they’ve told me that they do), but they are very responsible hard-working people and are able to control it. They don’t overdo it. The problem is that for some people there’s a very high danger of addiction, and there’s no way to predict ahead of time that I know of who is at danger for addiction and who isn’t. It’s also illegal in the U.S. and one could end up with a record. The other thing that bothers me about pot is the sidestream smoke. Unlike alcohol, when someone near you is smoking pot you’re breathing in the sidestream smoke and who knows what that’s doing to you. I’m not one to stand in judgment of others, but for myself I want my body, my mind and my lungs to be clean and I want to be as balanced emotionally and psychologically as possible. I feel like when people are using mind-altering drugs they’re avoiding something that they need to deal with in a healthy way. Some behaviors can be addictive also, like sex, gambling, etc., and produce chemicals in the brain that are similar to heroin. Meditation, chanting, prayer, dancing, music, and connecting with others spiritually can lift your mood in a healthy way and aren’t addictive behaviors. I just don’t think that smoking pot is a solution, sorry.

  2. Hey Neily-O, Although I agree with you that pot is not as bad for you as other substances, I would be more prone to believe that the working out and jogging that you have been doing is clearing your skin up, befor I contributed it to the weed. Then again, I have never really done any research on it. But I do know that anything is possible when it comes to chemical reactions w/in your body.

    As far as hormones go- increased levels of androgens, not testoterone, cause the glands to produce too much sebum, which can contribute to acne.
    and:
    I am all about medical marijuanna. Alot of my patients take Marinol, a medication derivative of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. (THC)
    I see wonderful results, to say the least.

    http://www.norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=3472

    As far as the carcinogenic properties of marijuana- Hormones, pesticides and preservatives are all carcagenic and unless you are buying organic foods and meat, not using plastic wraps and plastic tupperware, not cooking in teflon skillets, etc, etc, etc; our world is one big scary carcinogenic place.
    The next time you are using products on your skin, face, etc.- why not look up the chemical properties of the ingredients being absorbed by your skin. I did and it’s quiet scary.
    I am currently working in Oncology and am on an anti-carcinogenic rampage. I even threw away the micro-wave, convinced of it’s direct relation to breast cancer. (ever notice most micro-waves are about chest level with the average women, this is only a theory- there is , of course, extensive research on this subject.)

  3. Very interesting information Nursegirl. I don’t own a microwave either. I do buy organic foods, but do eat convenience foods out of plastic though, which isn’t good. The gases emitted from teflon pans that are heated to high temperatures can kill small birds (the warnings are right there on the labels that come with the pans — scary).

    I’ve read from many different sources that excess levels of a form of testosterone called DiHydroTestosterone (DHT) are associated with both balding and acne and that DHT stimulates the production of sebum. I think Dr. Fulton’s point, though, was more about the hormone fluctuations caused by smoking pot. This is from his first acne book:

    Skin often reacts to unnatural hormone fluctuations. In any CNS [Central Nervous System]or mind-altering drug, diverse messages are bouncing around in the brain. Such messages can kick off erratic production of various hormones which in their final result may aggravate acne in addition to causing other more serious side efects. Until we better understand marijuana’s effect on acne, there is one good solution. Stay off the weed.

    The marijuana crops today are way higher in THC than the crops were 50-100 years ago or more. They have been cultivated to give a stronger “hit” (a stronger, quicker high). I’m thoroughly convinced that marijuana is a very addictive substance, though, despite what the word on the street is (or wherever). I’m not out there campaigning to make it illegal or anything. If alcohol is legal then marijuana should be legal also, I guess. The thought of inhaling the sidestream smoke from pot smokers though bothers me a lot. Some people are able to use it only occasionally and not become addicted to it, just like some people can drink alcohol and not become addicted to it. I’m not attracted to using it myself though really. I don’t even want to take the chance of getting addicted.

    Nursegirl, there was a study done about correlations between wearing brassieres and high rates of breast cancer. They found a correlation between how long women wore bra’s (number of hours per day) and also how tight the bra’s were. The tighter the bra’s were and the longer they were worn over a period of years, the higher the rates of breast cancer. I think the theory was that bra’s interfered with the actions of the lymph glands in some way. I don’t think these studies have been accepted by the medical community at large, but I found them to be interesting. I don’t like wearing tight bra’s anyway — I feel like I can’t breathe and it’s uncomfortable.

  4. yes, it is quite controversial but here goes…
    I have been a pot smoker for quite some time, going on 12 years. Sometimes social, mostly not. I have to say, I am not encouraging you to smoke, it’s your choice BUT>>> my skin is more clear when I smoke.
    Here is an idea as to why smoking pot can increase acne (not that I am a doctor or know any research behind this):
    If you tend to smoke out of a pipe, or a bong with your friends, you are putting all kinds of CRAP and germs up to your chin and around your mouth. With a joint, you are kind of doing the same thing but not so much. If you smoke more by yourself, like I do, you are sharing germs with yourself. Bongs and pipes are pretty gross.
    MY SKIN IS MORE BROKEN OUT WHEN I DON’T SMOKE
    But what also contributes to this….when you have smoked for so long, you sometimes go through a little bit of withdrawal, not like a crack addict but definately like an addict. Your body stresses out and hence the breakouts between my smoking pot and not smoking pot phases. I gave up pot through my whole pregnancy and LORD was my face a wreck. People said they didn’t even recognize me (not because of the bowling ball I had around my waist either). So, if I am out of pot, I know my face will probably break out in about a week without it. No biggy.
    AND….
    In addition to the smoking pot, I am using Proactiv on a regular basis. This product doesn’t do much for my type of acne..cystic and VERY painful.
    AS FAR AS WORKING OUT…I worked out 4 times a week and took a dance class and I still had a ridiculous amout of acne all over my chin!
    I have also had a heavy duty amount of antibiotics pumped into me to help my skin out. If I cut out pot for about a week, I double up on my antibiotics for a bit. I am not a fan of pills at all but THESE WORK FOR ME!
    So in conclusion, I support the thought that pot can help acne for SOME PEOPLE just like certain oils, more excercise, being a vegan, doing yoga..etc.
    Keep in mind that pot is very addictive to some people but I bet some people would be CRAZY if they didn’t smoke it. So if you find something that works for you, do it, cuz all of us know how much having this acne SUCKS.

  5. Pregnancy itself (the hormonal changes) can sometimes cause a major acne flare-up, while in some cases it can cause acne to clear.

  6. Sorry its been a while… Ive been extremely busy between work and a close family death, but here goes my next post…

    Okay true… pot is addictive, but not in a very bad way. Yes it is possible to become addicted to pot, but not in anyway like coke, meth or heroine. Hard drugs are physically addictive, pot is only psychologically addictive… which means it is much easier to overcome. This goes for caffiene as well, which is why I compared the two in my first post.

    When you hear about cigarettes being equally addictive compared to heroine, this is what they are talking about… quitting a regular habit of smoking pot is much easier than quitting smoking tobacco, I know from experience. Alcohol is a physical addiction as well.

    Pot has many different side effects, but it works extremely effectively as an antidepressant which is another benefit to acne sufferers. It also can be great to meet new people when you “match up” your weed with other people. Stoners also are usually much more open minded to other people than non users as well… sure it does make you mellow, slow and tired, but to some people it may be worth it.

    If testostorone isnt related to acne I dont know how pot helps, but its good to see that im not the only one who has seen it work. Too bad there isnt any research on it… but who knows, it could be done now that they are prescribing medical marijuana for pain relief and such…

    However, I recently quit smoking pot for good… it makes me way too mellow and tired, and I live a very active and busy lifestyle. If you plan on using pot to help your acne alone, like in my first post I suggest eating it rather than smoking it. It will take 2-3 times as much to make you feel high, but the THC still is going into your system… although smoking it will most likely clear your skin, it will also cause increased aging and such with long term use…. not something you want if you are trying to improve your appearance.

    Here is a good website to answer many questions about pot, although it is not acne related…. http://www.drugpolicy.org/marijuana/factsmyths/

  7. An ex-boyfriend whom I was with for a couple of years was a pot addict and he could not seem to stop. He couldn’t go for more than a few hours without smoking. Whenever he tried to stop smoking, he would go through major withdrawal symptoms which he couldn’t bear and he would give up. He had really wild mood swings and his behavior was out of control. He was a rage-aholic. He had the police called on him several times because he would just flip out and start yelling, screaming, throwing, slamming, etc. He would even punch himself in the head. It was just sad. I went to a 12-step program for friends and family of addicts and I found out that this is pretty typical drug addict behavior. I’m not saying that every pot addict behaves really eratically like that though, but it still affects one’s behavior in one way or another. Other pot addicts I’ve known have had a kind of unresponsive “whatever” kind of attitude and are kind of dulled out — slow and not really “with it” or sharp. It can affect one’s memory eventually also. My ex was constantly losing and misplacing stuff and then would totally freak out. I always had to find stuff for him. He would spend hundreds of dollars a month on pot and then not have the money to pay rent. It’s a myth that marijuana is not addictive and you can’t tell me otherwise because I’ve lived it and seen it.

    Ill try to say this in the least harsh way possible… but Im sure that aubbs713 will agree with me… trying to relate pot to your ex boyfriend’s craziness is nothing but complete nonsense. Your boyfriend was either smoking other drugs on the side behind your back and calling it weed, or else the pot he was smoking was laced with a hard drug such as crack or PCP, or most likely meth. Im not sure where you live, but this is quite common in places outside of BC, since the pot is a much lower of quality and doesnt get you nearly as high. I am speaking the truth, not trying to downtalk your ex.

    I live in a town where well over 35% of the population, adults and teens included, smokes pot on a regular basis. Pot varies on the user, but not to such an extreme extent, not even close. Of all people on this board, I would know… I have connections with many pot smokers in this town, which has a growing population of 65,000, and I have never heard of any form of violence caused by an individual on pot.

    Most people will not even fight while on pot, with the exception of being drunk or high on other drugs as well. Pot is not an upper drug, and upper drugs are the only kind to cause this kind of behaviour or withdrawls. I have reason to believe that your boyfriend was either obtaining laced pot from the same dealer since he started, or else he was emotionally instable to begin with.

    And another thing, pot does not cause you to lose your teeth. Pot may make you lazy, causing you to not brush your teeth before you go to bed, expecially to older users… which may lead to tooth decay and loss of teeth if you aren’t careful. I know some nights I was so burnt out that I had the urge to just go to bed without brushing my teeth, but I was almost always able to overpower the urge since I am a very hygenic person, although other users may be different.

    Burning out is when you are coming down from the high, you feel very tired… especially at night. This is when you have trouble remembering things, and your mind appears to shut off. But you can use this to your advantage to get a much better sleep at night, feeling great the next morning. You can overcome the burn out by taking a nap, drinking an energy drink or coffee, or by smoking more pot, but the best thing to do is only smoke pot before you go to bed.

    I am sticking up for marijuana because I know how it is from my own experience, and by interacting with hundreds of other individuals on it, although I have recently quit smoking the herb for good. And by the way, it was not hard at all to quit! :mrgreen

  8. I saw a good documentary where they showed how long term pot use was linked with all sorts of psychiatric disorders. I’m not saying that everyone who smokes loses it, but I believe that anyone with a family member who’s suffered from any mental illness needs to stay away.

    I smoked pot a few times many years ago, and ended up going out with a heavy pot smoker … he had been smoking more than 10 years and he was very much paranoid all the time … anyway, I was so shocked and yet saddened by his behaviour that I stopped smoking the stuff straight away.

    My current partner of 3 years stopped smoking pot when we started going out together (one of my conditions) and he is always telling me how poor his memory is because of pot smoking … his memory never recovered. Many of his friends have the same experience.

    I guess we all have our own personal experiences, but for me, I dislike all mind-altering drugs, and that includes alcohol. And in all honesty, I do believe that regular alcohol may be more dangerous than pot.

    Everything can be balanced though, and if you are doing many other positive things for your health like working out and eating well, then I’m sure the body can cope with ocassional indulgences.

    My vice is sugary foods … and who’s to say that sugar isn’t worse than pot? It probably is damn it!!!!

    I’m not making any judgements here, hope you understand.

  9. Yeah I can totally see how pot could worsen a mind disorder… this may be the case with Lenore’s ex, but she would know more than I would.

    I guess if you had an anger problem, coming off of pot could worsen that as well, if the user was smoking for a long period of time. I find that it is nearly impossible to become mad while I am high, and my patience is greatly increased as well. Same thing goes with nearly everyone that I know that smokes dope.

    After smoking for a while and quitting, it could be much harder to control your anger if you are used to the pot controlling it for you. However, I have an occasional temper problem and even after I quit I have continued to have increased patience from before I started… but not everyone is the same. I know that I have become much better at drawing and writing because of it.

    If you suffer from paranoia or skitzofrenia it possibly could get worse from pot, since it can make some people worried for no reason. But from what I have seen, most people get used to that state of mind, and they are not any more paranoid than what they would be when they aren’t stoned.

    But other than that, pot is a very safe substance. Since it is a drug, pot looked upon as much worse than it really is… most likely to keep the younger crowd away from it, and starting other drugs. This is how many myths are started, especially by groups against pot (gotta love those TV commercials).

    Feel free to comment on this thread all you want, the more myths I can clear up, the better… since I am almost sure that THC has a positive connection with both acne and oily skin.

    My face is definately trying to break out and get more oily in the first time in months when I quit smoking the herb two weeks ago, even though I have been trying to stick with foods that normally dont make me break out (no, I haven’t been stressed out lately either). I am now seriously thinking about growing it to make pot brownies just for the benefit of my appearance….

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