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is cannabis a dangerous drug?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Can be: Possible effects of marijuana: anxiety, depression, fear, panic , delusions, hallucinations, losing touch with reality, inattentiveness, short-term memory problems, disturbances of thought processes. Fatigue, poor concentration, slowed reaction times & slowed problem solving.
Dr. Anthony Vertino
Clinical Psychology 23 years experience
Yes: Please don't believe the hype of cannabis being "safe". There are serious side-effects associated with use and overuse of the drug.

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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 62-year-old member asked:

I would appreciate some opinions on the use of cannabis in medicine. If it were legal, would you prescribe it?

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Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 24 years experience
Not in current form: It is legal in some states, at least at the state level. The way it is currently handled, it is not medical in any way. There is some great research into the cannabinoid compounds with many potential benefits for pain, mood, bone health and even addiction to name a few. However smoking a plant that is harmful to tissue such as lungs and heart and dosing is not regulated is not medicine.
Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine 41 years experience
The best way to do this is to purify the active ingredient, likely THC, then test this for safety. Dose of a substance can make a huge difference in its safety. You don't want the tars and other residual substances that smoking raw or fortified marijuana gives you.
Feb 2, 2012
A 37-year-old member asked:

Does cannabis affect the capacity to work and concentrate on tasks more so than other drugs?

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Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
Child Psychiatry 44 years experience
Negative effects: Pot, especially if used chronically, generally causes decreased focus and performance -- and especially decreased motivation. As to comparing it to other drugs... It depends on dosing, as well as what the other drugs are. There are street drugs that are worse, and there are some that may have little if any adverse effect on work and concentration.
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

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