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Doctor insights on: Baking With Marijuana For Copd Patients

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With COPD can I smoke marijuana? I'm aware that the cigarettes are out.

With COPD can I smoke marijuana? I'm aware that the cigarettes are out.

Smoking Always Bad: Smoking no matter whether it is tobacco, marijuana, clover, or whatever is bad for you and your lungs. There are myriad of carcinogens and toxins like Carbon Monoxide that are created by combustion / smoking. Tar content which are linked to lung disease are actually higher in marijuana. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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How does marijuana help with cancer patients?

How does marijuana help with cancer patients?

Symptom relief: Marijuana is not an anti-cancer product. It can help with some of the side effects of cancer chemotherapy and some of the general metabolic ill feeling from metastatic cancer. The major problem with it is that it is federally illegal (although 'legal' in some states). We need improved laws regarding this generally benign agent. ...Read more

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If marijuana is so bad, why is it prescribed for patients?

If marijuana is so bad, why is it prescribed for patients?

Pro's vs Con's: Cannabis is helpful for some medical conditions but does have drawbacks. The psychiatric side effects can sometimes be very debilitating. ...Read more

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What benefit can marijuana and cocaine have for cancer patients?

What benefit can marijuana and cocaine have for cancer patients?

None: Cocaine was originally used as a local anesthetic before it became a drug of habit. It has no place in the treatment of cancer and is not indicated. Medical marijuana has been said to relieve nausea and vomiting as well as improve the appetite of some patients on chemotherapy, but these effects can be duplicated by the use of a thc congener, dronabinol, a potent anti-nauseant & Cyproheptadine etc. ...Read more

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Can marijuana cause tiny strokes similar to the ones seen in patients with vasculitis?

Can marijuana cause tiny strokes similar to the ones seen in patients with vasculitis?

See Below: Cannabis consumption has been shown to be an aggravating factor in the development of arteritis in some young adults. In addition, cannabis has been shown to be related in several instances of cerebral ischemia and infarction. Often these events are also associated with alcohol use which is thought to play a role. ...Read more

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Should an orthopedic surgery patient refrain from using marijuana prior to the surgery?

Should an orthopedic surgery patient refrain from using marijuana prior to the surgery?

Yes: Any form of smoking will irritate the lungs and lead to potential complications with surgery and the associated anesthesia. ...Read more

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I'm a medical marijuana patient and I was wondering does marijuana have any effects on antibiotics a person may take?

Usually not: I am not aware of any interaction between marijuana and any antibiotic. It may be helpful to search the web before you take antibiotic, though, but, as mentioned earlier, no known interaction has been reported. ...Read more

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What does marijuana do for cancer patients? Is it good for all types of cancer? If you smoke weed does it prevent you from getting cancer?

What does marijuana do for cancer patients? Is it good for all types of cancer? If you smoke weed does it prevent you from getting cancer?

Pain relief: Is reported for severe pain. Some mind relief as well.
Possible action with other narcotics - morphine as used by hospice organizations.
Smoking anything may yield carcinogens - particularly for lung- which is sensitive. ...Read more

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I am a medical marijuana patient n I been trying to get pregnant for over 2 yrs. I know people that got pregnant smoking so what's wrong with me?

I am a medical marijuana patient n I been trying to get pregnant for over 2 yrs. I know people that got pregnant smoking so what's wrong with me?

Don't smoke if preg: If you contemplate pregnancy, don't smoke mj or tobacco. They cause harmful effects on the fetus. Mj is associated with chromosomal breaks, prematurity and learning disabilities in fetuses exposed to it in utero. ...Read more

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Will marijuana treat nausea in chemo and HIV patients?

Yes, BUT: Marijuana can decrease nausea and increase appetite. However, it has estrogen-like effects which makes it unsafe for women with estrogen-sensitive cancer. It is also illegal in most states. Marinol is a prescription medication containing the active compounds in marijuana. ...Read more

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What are the adverse effects of a diagnosed bipolar patient smoking marijuana while on their prescribed medications?

What are the adverse effects of a diagnosed bipolar patient smoking marijuana while on their prescribed medications?

Bipolar and MJ: Any person with diagnosed bipolar disorder needs to practice solid self-care: regular sleep, exercise, healthy food, compliance with prescribed medications, and avoidance of substance abuse including alcohol. Using recreational substances invites destabilization of neurobehavioral status and possible shift into depression or mania. This includes marijuana. Mj can cause hallucinations too. ...Read more

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2 beers and smoked a little. Heart rate was out of control. Can marijuana cause heart problems in patients with anxiety? Haven't smoked in a long time.

2 beers and smoked a little. Heart rate was out of control. Can marijuana cause heart problems in patients with anxiety? Haven't smoked in a long time.

Toxins: Cannabis can cause tachycardia. It can cause feelings of anxiety, depression, fear, panic or in some cases euphoria. If a high dose is taken it can lead to delusions, hallucinations or losing touch with reality. Cannabis can cause serious health problems - you are taking unneccessary risks with you wellbeing. ...Read more

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Is medical marijuana useful to calm PTSD or anxiety in patients with seizure disorder who can't be on typical anxiety medications?

Is medical marijuana useful to calm PTSD or anxiety in patients with seizure disorder who can't be on typical anxiety medications?

Can't say: Unfortunately, very little reliable, peer reviewed research has been done regarding the safety and efficacy of marijuana for anything, despite the long list list of conditions for which it has allegedly been helpful. My own guess it that it is not likely to be helpful, since it clouds thinking, and is difficult to dose properly, resulting in an under or overdose. Stick with more proven therapies ...Read more

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I'm a medical marijuana patient and my family doctor prescibed me an antibiotic called Flagyl can I still use both at same time?

With caution: Altho my research did not produce any specific interactions between cannabis & flagyl, preceed with caution since Flagyl can interact with many medications as well as with alcohol; so no alcohol (caution even with alcohol-containing mouthwash or otc cold meds) for at least a week after completing the flagyl. If you experience nausea/vomiting, notify your doc for possible alternative. ...Read more

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Does any doctor recommend medical marijuana for terminally ill lung cancer patient?

Yes: In fact, I doubt there are many (or any) doctors who would be opposed to it. ...Read more

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Why do COPD patients crave chocolate?

Why do COPD patients crave chocolate?

Craving chocolate: Chocolate contains neurotransmitters like phenylethylamine. This is the neurotransmitter that is very high when we are madly in love. Depression due to rejection (not correspondence from our love wishes) drops this levels causing depression. Unconsciously rejected lovers crave for chocolate. Also substances like theobromine and caffeine in chocolate are stimulants. Copders are not the only ones. ...Read more

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What is a pulmo aide and why is it used for COPD patients?

Nebulizer: Pulmoaide is a nebulizer. Nebulizers are often used in COPD to deliver medications such as bronchodilators into the lung by inhalation. ...Read more

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What are the minimum oxygen requirements for COPD patients?

What are the minimum oxygen requirements for COPD patients?

No minimum: There is no minimum. Ambient air is 21%, if it is not enough, you go up from there. Oxygen delivered by a nasal cannula starts with 0.5 lpm and goes up from there by half liter increments. Common starting rates are 1 - 1.5 lpm. ...Read more

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What are some precautions that COPD patients should be taking?

What are some precautions that COPD patients should be taking?

No smoking...: The single most important thing for COPD patients to do is to stop smoking. This will decrease the amount of airway inflammation and will thus slow the progression of this incurable disease and decrease symptoms including shortness of breath, cough, wheezing, etc. ...Read more

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How effective is harmonica therapy in COPD patients?

How effective is harmonica therapy in COPD patients?

Breathing Exercises.: Any breathing exercises, playing the harmonica or otherwise, could help improve some symptoms of COPD. ...Read more

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Can hyperbaric chamber help a COPD patient?

Can hyperbaric chamber help a COPD patient?

Agree w Dr. Wyatt: I don't think I would clear a patient with COPD to go into a hyperbaric chamber due to risk of air trapping ; pneumothorax. COPD is not an approved indication for hyperbaric oxygen use. ...Read more

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Can COPD patients take cough meds and or mucous thining meds?

Can COPD patients take cough meds and or mucous thining meds?

Yes and no: Be sure the over the counter product does not contain antihistamines which can dry secretions and possibibly make secretions more tenacious. Ask your physician or pharmacist before using such products. ...Read more

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Why is it more difficult to start an IV on CHF and COPD patient?

Why is it more difficult to start an IV on CHF and COPD patient?

Not necessarily: In any one with poor veins it is difficult to access. People with low BP and collapsed veins, it is even more difficult. ...Read more

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Why would it be difficult to start an IV on a CHF and COPD patient?

Why would it be difficult to start an IV on a CHF and COPD patient?

Not related: Some people have good veins, some have very small and fragile veins, some have used up their veins. There is nothing particular to COPD and CHF to make difficult IV access. ...Read more

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Also known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. ...Read more


Marijuana (Definition)

Marijuana refers to the various preparations of the Cannabis plant into the psychoactive drug for recreational use ...Read more