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Can Smoking Marijuana Cause Weight Loss
Uncertain: Two research studies that made the news in 2011 found 14%-17% of marijuana users (3 or more times/week) were obese. Presumably, many other mj users were overweight but not obese. Their findings in people who did not use mj showed 22%-25% of non-users were obese. Perhaps people who tend to become mj users are less obese to start with, or maybe mj users use mj instead of food to soothe their stress. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Losing Weight is also known as Lose weight. Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more
Rarely in some: Smoking marijuana causes a variety of changes neurobiologically as well as behaviorally and while many would be expected to gain weight there would be a subset of people that might experience weight loss. Different mechanisms may be involved although i could see psychomotor retardation, new onset apathy, paranoia, psychosis and increased anxiety as being possible routes to weight loss. Stay safe. ...Read more
No, absolutely not: Smoking of any sort decreases the blood flow to the anastomoses (the places where the stomach and intestine are sewed into the new position) and drastically increases your ulcer risk. In addition, Marijuana causes weight gain by appetitie stimulation. Last, patients with a history of severe obesity are often genetically predispositioned to addictions and should avoid habit-forming substances. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
May be anti-aging if: There is evidence that marijuana can have powerful anti-aging properties, esp, for the brain but also the skin, but many of those benefits might be counteracted by smoking it. Using it in oral preparations or via vaporizer will maximize its anti-aging benefits while minimizing toxins from burning it. See http://tinyurl.com/nnn2nv9 and http://tinyurl.com/ngfbsle ...Read more
I weight 267 pounds and I am 5'1, I have stoped smoking marijuana for two months and one week. Would it be out of my system by now?
Mostly the marijuana: Cannabis is a psychoactive drug, and many people, especially those with underlying anxiety, social phobias and other problems may have a bad response to using it. Some people have panic attacks precipitated, and some people literally have "bad trips" with hallucinations, delusions, paranoia etc. Sometimes it is also cut with other drugs, including angel dust (PCP or phencyclidine) or synthetics. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Polycythemia: Smoking anything deprives the body of oxygen and stimulates production of more red cells in compensation. Your doctor can order a carboxyhemoglobin level to see if this is an issue for you. There are numerous other causes of polycythemia: sleep apnea, benign and malignant tumors, and a bone marrow condition known as polycythemia vera. A high red cell count should be evaluated by a hematologist. ...Read more
I have always been a slim built male. Since i started smoking marijuana daily i seem to have a better appetite and gaining healthy weight. Is this ok?
Not really: There are many drugs/medications that have the side effect of weight gain . That doesn't mean you should be taking these either to improve your physique. I'm actually fairly liberal when it comes to medical uses for marijuana, but use for treatment of eating disorders is not one of them. You can increase your caloric intake without resorting to mind-altering drugs. And finally, what is legal? ...Read more
Generally not but...: If this were a common problem there would be far fewer babies born here in the santa cruz, ca area :) however, there is evidence that heavy marijuana use may lower sperm count somewhat and reduce the ability of sperm to fertilize eggs, but no evidence it causes "infertility" per se. But for couples experiencing fertility issues it would be wise for both partners to reduce or stop marijuana use. ...Read more
It can: I have seen many patients who get palpitations after smoking marijuana, who do not have problems after they stop. This is not common, and most smokers do not get it. I have worked up several patients with this complaint to see if they had a predisposition to things like atrial fib or flutter, or supraventricular tachycardia (svt), but did not find it. If you are having this problem, stop using it! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more
More than 46 million, nearly 21% of adults in the United States, smoke, according to a 2010 report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Smoking rates remained constant from 2005 - 2009. Smoking kills more than 5 million people a year worldwide, accounting for 1 out of ...Read more
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