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Doctor insights on: Addiction Of Weed

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Fear of stopping smoking weed why?

You will need to: Explore this one yourself. Anything i said would be a guess. Are you addicted? ...Read more

Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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What is the medical definition of alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse?

What is the medical definition of alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse?

Addiction: Alcohol can be robustly abused by someone but as long as the person is not addicted to it, and doesn't miss it after putting it down, the diagnosis is alcohol abuse. If, however, the person feels either physically or psychologically addicted/dependent on it and either cannot go a day without it, or binge drinks uncontrollably the diagnosis is alcohol dependence. ...Read more

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How are tobacco addiction and alcoholism similar tendenceies?

How are tobacco addiction and alcoholism similar tendenceies?

Habits are habits: Addictive behavior has common underpinnings despite the various chemicals, physical or mechanical, or ritualistic, behaviors may initiate them. Areas of the brain are involved similarly regardless of the addicting substance. Dopamine is a prime mediator of addiction. ...Read more

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What's the rik of using smokeless tobacco?

What's the rik of using smokeless tobacco?

Cancer and more: You are at increased risk for cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, urinary bladder, pancreas and perhaps others. Tobacco also causes blood vessel disease leading to heart attacks, stroke, gangrene and shortens life by about ten years. ...Read more

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Scared of co-codamol. Risk of addiction?

Co-codamol: This consists of Codeine and aeceaminophen. Codeine is an opioid and there is always a risk of addiction with opioids. Your risk rises the longer you use it and if you do not adhere to your doctors instructions. ...Read more

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What is the alcohol dependence or drug addiction process?

What is the alcohol dependence or drug addiction process?

Habituation: In any physical dependence the body adapts and the withdrawal symptoms are the body responding to the lack of the substance. Because addictions cause changes in neurotransmission they are difficult to treat and require enough time for the body to adjust to being "clean.". ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of addiction to cigarettes vs. Non-addicted smoking?

What are the symptoms of addiction to cigarettes vs. Non-addicted smoking?

Addiction is: Hallmarked by a persistent, compulsive dependence on a substance despite knowledge of negative consequences. So the person who has one cigarette a month while out with friends is likely not addicted. ...Read more

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What is the hardest to quit- alcohol, cocaine, or tobacco?

What is the hardest to quit- alcohol, cocaine, or tobacco?

It depends: On what you are most addicted to. Most addicts find that they have a "drug of choice", and that is the one that is the hardest to quit. ...Read more

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Symptoms of alcohol abuse?

Symptoms of alcohol abuse?

Many: Binge drinking, drinking that affects work and relationships. Look up the cage questions and seek help if you need it! ...Read more

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Do cigarettes diminish the effects of Clonazepam?

Do cigarettes diminish the effects of Clonazepam?

Yes: Nicotine in cigarettes is a stimulant that will increase heart rate, blood pressure and anxiety. Nicotine counters the calming effects of clonazepam. Ask your doctor for ways to help you quit smoking. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What are the effects of smoking Suboxone or methadone?

What are the effects of smoking Suboxone or methadone?

Don't: Neither substance should have a high effect when smoked/burned. On the other hand, the things that go to make a pill aren't meant to be inhaled and are liable to cause irritation to mouth, throat and lungs. ...Read more

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What symptoms of methamphetamine abuse?

What symptoms of methamphetamine abuse?

12 Panel Drug Test: Urine drug testing is a very accurate way to determine recent drug use history. It is the most common form of drug testing, used by schools, employers and families alike. A urine drug test requires collecting a small urine sample. No laboratory work is required - you can find out the results of your drug test almost instantly. Test for up to 13 drugs: marijuana * Cocaine * opiates * methamphetam. ...Read more

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Help please! is drug addiction formed the same way as alcohol addiction or any other addiction?

Help please! is drug addiction formed the same way as alcohol addiction or any other addiction?

Yes: Yes often drug and alcohol addicition starts as a poor way to cope with stress and low self esteem and as reliance and use of these agents continue- an addiction is started. But it is important to note that addiction has a strong genetic component as well. Often this is reflected in strong family history of addiction. In any case seek help from your dr if you have an addiction. ...Read more

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What are some of the physical and social dangers of illicit (illegal) drug use?

What are some of the physical and social dangers of illicit (illegal) drug use?

Physical and social: From a physical aspect you could die. From a social aspect you could go to prison you are doing something illegal. Remember it does not mater what state law is - federal law is stricter. ...Read more

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Do ganja smokers get a different kind of drunk from drinking alcohol?

Do ganja smokers get a different kind of drunk from drinking alcohol?

Yes: Combining the two will get you more cognitively impaired and intoxicated. Disorientation, confusion, impulsivity, impaired judgment, loss of inhibition, mood changes, paranoid thinking, delusional mood. ...Read more

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What're the dangers of smoking marijuana during adolescence?

What're the dangers of smoking marijuana during adolescence?

Many issues: Certainly marijuana use can interfere with hormonal development and brain development. However, in my opinion, the biggest risk is that teens who smoke pot often move on to more significant drug use with other illicit drugs. There is also a higher risk of death/injury due to accidents. ...Read more

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What about the stories of addiction surrounding opiates? Is there a difference between physical dependence and addiction?

Yes: Physical dependence involves use to avoid withdrawal both physiologic and substance dependent without compulsive, lack of control behavior. You can have dependence without addiction. ...Read more

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Does porn addiction hit the same brain area as nicotine or alcohol addiction?

Does porn addiction hit the same brain area as nicotine or alcohol addiction?

Yes: The brain is very complicated so that there is usually a circuit of several areas affecting a function. Addictions in general are believed to energize the 'reward circuit' involving an area called the nucleus accumbens communicating with several other areas with the neurotransmitter Dopamine being a primary activator. Wikipedia has a good summary and links under 'brain reward center'. ...Read more

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What's the major harm in smoking weed?

What's the major harm in smoking weed?

None, if . . . : No harm at all, if you don't mind distorted perceptions, impaired coordination, plus difficulty with thinking, problem solving, learning, and memory. This adverse effect on intellect can last for days or weeks after the drug wears off. If you also don't mind potential paranoia & psychosis; lung irritation; exposure to carcinogens; heart palpitations; and oligospermia, it's your choice also. ...Read more