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Marijuana And Wound Healing
Had a simple vulvectomy 5 wks ago-area of over-granulation tissue removed-no VIN. Wound healing well altho 1 stitch opened. Still have pain- normal?
Wound healing is a field of study in which a person looks at factors that helps wounds heal and factors that are harmful to wounds trying to heal, in order to find the best treatment for each wound. Wounds can be from infections, surgeries, accidents, etc... Poorly healing wounds can occur where there is inadequate blood circulation, such ...Read more
Does smoking marijuana affect wound healing after 1 month of fistulotomy surgury wounds are still being packed and still have to wear bandages?
D/w your surgeon: Marijuana itself has very little effect on wound healing or recovery after surgery. Smoking, however, decreases lung function and can interfere with wound healing. Most experts suggest cessation of smoking for at least four weeks before surgery. Marijuana is illegal and may lead to dependency, mood changes and psychosis. Will not recommend to use Marijuana post surgery. ...Read more
Yes: Pharmacologically, the influence of smoking on wound healing is complicated, and neither nicotine alone nor any other single component can explain all of the effects of smoking on wounds. What is certain is that smoking cessation leads to improved repair and reduces wound infection (sorensen et al., 2003; lauerman, 2008). www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmc2903966. ...Read more
Bad idea: Smoking (inhaling smoke, which is full of lung irritants and cancer-causing chemicals) of any kind is unhealthy and bad for patients. There is rarely a need for smoking marijuana, but some people want to and like to smoke pot. However, if one's doctor has prescribed weed as a medical treatment, the risks and benefits will have to be compared. ...Read more
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
Won't slow healing: Nobody here is going to tell you it's okay to break the law, though this isn't the place to debate the law's wisdom. If this is what you want, use wisely. ...Read more
May accelerate if...: There is no evidence that marijuana slows healing. CBD, a component of marijuana, has many healing benefits, including reducing inflammation-see https://www.projectcbd.org Animal research shows CBD enhances fracture healing- see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25801536 Some strains have high CBD but some have relatively low levels so best to use CBD-rich strains. But medical use illegal in GA. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Currently healing an internal hemorrhoid/possible fissure. Will marijuana's vasodilation effects affect healing +/-? Unbiased please ;-)
Will my marijuana addiction impede the effects of Elvanse (3x20mg daily) in the treatment of my ADHD and minor depression?
Addiction: is going to interfere with nearly every treatment. One concern with your combination of marijuana and a stimulant, is they pull different ways. Stimulants can quickly become an addiction of their own. Be certain your prescribing physician understands all drugs, recreational and prescribed, that you are taking. Many times, depression has its solution in therapy, and not just a prescription ...Read more
I'm getting pilonidal sinus excision and I was wondering if smoking marijuana would affect the healing?
It may: Are you overweight? Weed often stimulates appetite and would keep you from losing weight that you may need to. Even if you are not overweight, using weed, despite its being legal in many localities, is not good for your health, especially your brain and mental health. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Any advise on increasing healing of a broken femur with rod and screws? Does smoking marijuana slow healing time ?
Recovery: An open reduction and internal fixation with rod and screws, is the recommended method of treating femur fracture. Smoking nicotine will DELAY healing. Nicotine is a powerful vaso constrictor that chokes off your blood flow. More blood flow is needed for healing. MJ has not been studied to know. Be well. Stay connected to your surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer