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describe what marijuana does in palliative care?

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Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 35 years experience
See below: Relaxes them and relieves depression by getting them high. Also increases appetite and reduces pain.
Dr. Natarajan Raman
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Control nausea: Marijuana is not used in palliative care as it is difficult to quantitate the effect of the active substances in street purchases. Marinol (dronabinol) is used to treat loss of appetite in people with aids. It is also used to treat severe nausea and vomiting that is caused by cancer chemotherapy. Marinol is for use only when other medications have been unable to control the nausea and vomiting.

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I am legally prescribed marijuana for anxiety, should I seek an alternate solution?

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If I found marijuana in my teen's room, could they be addicted to other things as well?

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Yes: Of course they could, or just marijuana. Have you talked to them yet? Very important to do. You may get an honest answer or if they are addicted you may not. What's your tolerance level. You could request a urine drug screen from them. You and/or them could talk to a doctor or other professional. Hard things to do but in my opinion very important. Seek support, dialog is very important.
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Can smoking marijuana have bad effects for a left bundle branch block?

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Maybe yes: Among the bad things smoking marijuana does to the heart and lungs are the quick rise in heart rate and blood pressure, the increased demand for oxygen by the contracting heart muscle, followed by vasodilation (blood vessels relax and dilate) with a drop in blood pressure as smoking mj continues; the abnormal rhythms in the upper heart, and maybe abnormal ventricular (lower heart) rhythms.
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Can smoking marijuana cause an unsafe, rapid heartbeat?

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