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A 47-year-old member asked:

why do people use cannabis?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Multiple reasons: There are as many reasons for using cannabis as people, so you'd need to ask each for his/hers. Some include experimentation in order to personally experience the kind of "high" they've heard others describe. It may or may not match these stories. Some desire escape from reality or boredom; others may feel it can enhance sexual experiences. Some have also told me they want to "get messed up.".
Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice 53 years experience
Pain: Doctors who encounter cannabis users ; who engage them learn that cannabis is a wonderful pain reliever. Pharmacology of cannabis has been well studied ; is much understood. Many persons use cannabis as a means to avoid opiates. Many users declare that it ameliorates restless sleep. People with ptsd and adhd report improved mental function from cannabis. Doctors need to become educated.

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A 28-year-old member asked:

I think I am addicted to cannabis?

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Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Probably: If you think you are, you probably are. Cannabis can be very addictive. Fortunately, there is no physical addiction and no withdrawal symptoms when you stop. More importantly, the first and most important step in stopping any addiction is to recognize you have a problem and you have already taken that step.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to be addicted to cannabis?

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Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
Absolutely: A person can become "addicted" to many different things. Gambling, sex, food, drugs and alcohol, are some of the main ones. If a person engages in a behavior which they know could potentially lead to dire consequences and the person continues to engage in the behavior, some experts call such a thing an addiction.
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A 38-year-old male asked:

Is cannabis harmful if eaten?

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Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
Possibly: When cannabis is ingested, it has to go thru the stomach and the many chemicals it contains must then be broken down by the liver. The fact is, the effects of this are largely unknown and may not be very good for you. Also, the psychoactive effects may be prolonged and unpredictable compared with smoking cannabis, which could result in some unforeseen impairment. Good question.
Dr. Craig Cohen
Dr. Craig Cohen commented
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Actually, the effects and medical benefits of cannabis are well known. There is nothing toxic about the chemicals in the cannabis plant. Unlike alcohol, or nicotine, cannabinoids (the ingredients in the plant) are similar to the substances produced in our bodies, called endocannabinoids. These are not toxic, rather, they interact with our cells by a receptor on the cell surface, causing a cascade of effects within the cell. Here's a link to some clinical trials that doctors and patients facing hard-to-treat conditions should be knowledgable about: http://www.cannabis-med.org/data/pdf/en_2010_01_special.pdf
Sep 2, 2012
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali commented
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Agree with Dr. Cohen. Great response.
Sep 14, 2012
A 31-year-old member asked:

People with m/s smoke cannabis why? How does that help?

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Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
Neurology 58 years experience
Pain relief: Only in certain cases of ms when there is spinal cord disease, pain and spasticity and cramp mostly in the lower extremities , cannabis may help in symptomatic relief.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Can someone tell me how people tell the difference between sythetic cannabis or smoking products?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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SYNTHETICS=DANGEROUS: While marijuana has its own set of potential problems, they are relatively mild, at least in social or moderate users (other than teenagers, where it really can cause permanent learning/personality issues), the synthetics, which vary widely chemically, can be truly dangerous, including seizures and psychotic reactions. Deaths have been reported as well. These are truly dangerous drugs.

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