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Can The Use Of Marijuana Cause Long Termain Damage To Cognitve Function
Brain function: MJ: Marijuana chronic used can cause some changes in cognition. The literature on this point is mixed and the use has to be frequent and heavy dose. It is psychologically addictive and unfortunately is illegal so you are in technical trouble obtaining it. Current supplies are very potent and you should monitor your response carefully and see if you can get off of it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can one time moderate use of cocaine lead to permanent brain damage, memory problems or cognitive impairment?
Death = permanent: In some, the first use of Cocaine causes death, which would be permanent brain damage or impairment. Not to mention heart attacks, respiratory failure, strokes, or seizures. In the brain alone, Cocaine is a very strong CNS stimulant that stops Dopamine from being recycled -- making it build up and disrupt normal neuronal communication. If you're dead, the long-term brain changes don't matter. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rarely, if at all: Versed, also known as midazolam, is a benzodiazepine. This is the class of drugs valium belongs to also. These drugs have sedative and anxiolytic properties and are extremely safe when taken as prescribed, or administered by a healthcare provider in a monitored setting. From a pharmacologic perspective, benzodiazepines have a large margin of safety. ...Read more
Brain Function: Some studies have shown that years of abstaining from Alcohol and Drugs can allow brain regions to return to their original volume and can repair neural connections across different regions. Much of this restoration occurs in the system most adversely affected by chronic drug/etoh use—the frontocerebellar circuitry, which regulates decision making, reasoning and problem solving.It is NEVER TOO Late to stop. BEST WISHES. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Avoid cigarettes: Tobacco smoking causes so many dangerous effects on the body, that it is only its extreme addictive properties that keep sensible people to still smoke. It certainly could affect the neurosensory pathways that include acetylcholine. Good time to stop this seriously dangerous activity (smoking). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
maybe: I believe your best bet is to consult with a neurologist and then perhaps comprehensive psychological testing to determine the full extent of your cognitive abilities. Make sure they communicate with each other, and then have your neurologist guide your follow up. ...Read more
Can be disastrous: Certain drugs such as meth, cocaine, can cause stroke and brain hemorrhages, but others can cause delusions, hallucinations, agitation, psychotic behavior. If you have such a history, you need far more help than we can provide here, but a Concierge visit might allow us to guide you to eventual rehab stabilization. ...Read more
NO: Methadone can be associated with a number of side effects, but actually very few long-term "organ" effects (heart, liver, kidney, brain etc.) constipation, increased sweating, hormonal changes that alter libido, erectile function and fertility. Weight gain with its attendant problems certainly can occur. Heart rhythm problems, although getting publicity, are rare. Think about alcohol;tobacco use. ...Read more
I.v. meth: Not just affect lung vessels causing hypertension, but also blood, liver and other organs. ...Read more
How much alcohol affects the brain in negative ways and can permanently damage your health/put you at risk for alcoholism?
Alcohol affects vary: With body wt, gender, age, genetics, food consumed, beverage concentration, other drugs ingested, & tolerance. Any amount affects the brain. 5+ drinks kill brain cells, decreases rem sleep, lowers inhibitions & reasoning, impairs reflexes & coordination, etc. Guidelines for moderate drinking = male: max 4 drinks/day, 16/week; female: 3/day, 12/week. Greeleypsychologist.Com/alcohol.Xhtml. ...Read more
Can long term cocaine, heroin, and alcohol use cause specific heart damage such as atherosclerosis?
Alcohol is toxic and: potentially damages everything it touches, including hearts, but also livers, kidneys, bladders, etc. Cocaine amps up everything (its a speed), plus is also toxic, so yes, it can damage tissue, too. Heroin fills up opiate receptors and in effect, turns a lot of functions off. Whenever you have tissue damage, you are likely to get inflammation, which is one cause of arterial plaque. ...Read more
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