Can smoking weed make your hair fall out?
Weed, pot, grass and ganja are all terms used for Marijuana, a mind-altering drug that is derived from the cannabis plant. Though the use of this drug is illegal in most countries many people, especially youngsters, around the world smoke marijuana in a pipe or a cigarette, as it gives them a feeling of increased well being. Unfortunately, the habitual use of any recreational drug could have an adverse effect on your overall health in the long run.
So far, there has been no scientifically proven connection between smoking weed and hair loss. In case you have noticed an increase in the amount of hair fall after smoking marijuana, it could be because of excessive stress, which is one of the potential side effects of the drug.
More information on foods to reduce hair loss and dandruff
Hair loss is a common problem experienced by many people, regardless of their age or gender. Some of the factors that could be responsible for hair loss include –
- Hormonal imbalance
- Poor nutrition
- Certain drugs or medicines
- Diseases like diabetes or lupus
- Hair products or treatments that contain harsh chemicals
- Scalp infections
Some of these causes of hair fall are more serious than the others. Therefore it is best for you to consult your medical healthcare provider to determine the exact cause of hair loss. Also see how effective is onion for preventing hair loss
Can spicy food cause hair loss?
There has not been enough research conducted on whether spicy food causes hair loss and therefore this idea remains unproven at best. Some nutritionists speculate that eating too much spicy food may result in excessive secretions from the sebaceous glands on the scalp, leading to blocked pores and damaged hairs. Too much spicy food may also result in dry and damaged hair, with a subsequent increase in hair loss.
Therefore, to be on the safe side it is advisable that you avoid spicy foods, as well as oily and sweet food if you suffer from excessive hair loss. Instead, eat food that provides nourishment to the scalp and hair. Hair loss protecting foods should be rich in calcium and iron as they tend to strengthen the roots. Such foods would include green vegetables like broccoli & spinach, eggs, oats, nuts, beets, apples and cherries.
Is apple cider for hair loss effective?
Apple cider vinegar for hair loss is a simple, inexpensive home remedy that is both effective and easily accessible. It is believed that, the pH levels of un-pasteurized and organic apple cider vinegar mixed with water are the same as the natural acid levels found in hair (pH levels of 5 to 7). Apple cider vinegar thus helps balance the pH of your hair. Apple cider vinegar works on your scalp to remove the dead cells that clog hair follicles, so that hair can grow uninhibited. Applying ACV to hair can therefore reduce an itchy scalp and prevent any bacterial or fungal infection that may cause scalp problems. ACV also works as a cleanser and returns luster to dull hair. To do this, you can use apple cider vinegar as an after-shampoo rinse or apply ACV to your hair, allow it to remain for a few minutes and simply rinse it out with cold water. Keep in mind though that if you suffer from sensitive skin or scalp, it would be better to consult your health care practitioner before using apple cider vinegar for the hair.
Rinsing your hair with a composition of apple cider vinegar and water (in a proportion of roughly 1:4) can also help remove build-up of dead cells and dandruff. Apple cider vinegar can be applied externally or ingested to improve blood circulation. If you need to consume apple cider vinegar you will have to mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink twice a day. This in turn may help carry essential nutrients to your hair follicles and promote a healthy head of hair as well. While results may vary from person to person, it is advisable that you wait for at least two months to assess the efficacy of apple cider vinegar as an essential food for protecting against hair fall.
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