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A 40-year-old member asked:

what can you do to quit cannabis?

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Dr. Byron Law-Yone
Psychiatry 55 years experience
Seek help: Find a substance abuse counselor or addiction psychiatrist. Enrolling in a partial hospitalization program or intensive out patient program ( iop) would be preferable. If there are other substances involved, like cocaine, opioid meds. "benzos" like xanax (alprazolam) or alcohol consider a residential treatment facility. Find a treatment program and stick with it for as long as advised.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Marijuana Anonymous: You need conviction. Try this site: https://www.Marijuana-anonymous.Org/ to find 12 step meetings in your area. Marijuana anonymous is free, confidential & supportive. Working with an addiction medicine specialist would also be beneficial. Take care.

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A 28-year-old member asked:

I think I am addicted to cannabis?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
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?

3 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
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?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
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:

I'm going to start quitting cannabis slowly. Where can I find help with this?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
MA: You can look at : https://www.Marijuana-anonymous.Org/ to find 12 step meetings in your area. Marijuana anonymous & working with an addiction medicine specialist is a good place to start.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Can i tell me how i can quit cannabis as very heavy user?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kent
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 12 years experience
Cannabis: Is safe to stop cold turkey and you should not have any withdrawal symptoms other than just missing the 'high', but not a strong physical dependence. I would recommend quitting cold turkey as this will be most effective with marijuana.

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