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Home Remedies How To Beat Marijuana Test
No: Marijuana has limited utility in certain kinds of cancer pain and nausea, and even there, other effective alternatives exist. As a medical agent, marijuana gets much more press than it deserves. The overwhelming message is that marijuana use is dangerous and that overall in most patients, its side effects are more harmful than its few benefits. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
6months pregnant, have trouble sleeping especially when baby kicking @ night. Can't take sleeping pills, can I smoke marijuana as a natural remedy?
Dr. Rotchford, you say that using medical marijuana for treatment of diverticulitus is dangerous because it's addicting. Can you explain more on that?
Another opinion: I'm not Dr. Rotchford but it is true that marijuana can be addicting. However, the incidence of marijuana addiction is quite rare and the vast majority of marijuana users do NOT become addicted. There is a much higher incidence of addiction to most other drugs including prescription narcotics. See http://tinyurl.com/pqn2ujk and http://tinyurl.com/ol3z3a2 ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unknown: If you are being treated for thyroid cancer, i would not suggest using marijuana, since it does have some effects of suppressing immunity. There is no evidence that it would interfere with the radio-iodine or make it work any less well, but i would abstain for several weeks to be on the safe side. If you are being treated for hyperthryoidism or grave's disease, i don't think it is a problem. ...Read more
Unlikely: That is not a good solution. Underlying anxiety needs to be treated with antianxiety medication or antidepression medication. Coping with problems is an important skill as well as dealing with drug addiction. Make an appointment with your doctor to figure out how you can cope with your underlying problems. ...Read more
What is the best treatment for recurring trochanteric bursitis that is irritated after running. Would medical marijuana help?
Can medical marijuana help prevent retinal detatchment due to HCV treatment? I tore my retina in 3 places 16 years ago
Probably not: This should be discussed with your eye doctor. One thing to keep in mind is that interferon alfa is contraindicated with retinal problems, but the new treatments that should be available in the next 1-4 years (depending on certain factors) will be pills and no interferon. These might be safer. Your doc can help you figure out risks and benefits. ...Read more
If medical marijuana is prescribed for treatment of a degenerative disease, is it legal and safe to smoke while breastfeeding? Via vapor/edibles.
"Legal," not safe: Medical marijuana is legal in some states, but this doesn't mean it's safe for your baby in utero or when breastfeeding. Longitudinal studies show that babies exposed to thc in utero have increased risk of low birth weight, small head circumference, and disturbances in motor, social and cognitive function. Thc is also significantly absorbed into breast milk -- your baby would be exposed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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