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Marijuana Cause Cholesterol
No: Cannibus may lead to what is referred to as "the munchies." depending on how you deal with an increase in appetite, you could possibly be consuming foods that would increase you cholesterol.....But marijuana itself would not do that if inhaled. Some people prefer to extract thc from marijuana and infuse it into baked goods, oils, or butters. This could raise cholesterol indirectly. ...Read more
Yes: Research has shown smoking maijuana increases chances of infertility because less sexual desire, a greater chance of impotence, fewer and weaker sperm, a lower chance of a viable egg, and a marijuana tainted uterus. The chances of getting pregnant much lower when both sexual partners use marijuana. ...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
Lowers HDL: Smoking appears to decrease good HDL cholesterol with little consistent effect on the bad LDL cholesterol. The lower levels of HDL will increase the risk for heart attack and stroke. It is difficult to treat low hdl, other than stopping smoking. Smoking also has multiple other bad effects including cancer, copd, erectile dysfunction, and irreversible accelerated skin wrinkles and aging. ...Read more
Muscle effects: The effect on muscle tissue depends on the the particular cholesterol lowering drug. Drugs like statins(Lipitor, etc) can cause muscle aches(myalgias) to as severe as myopathy(muscle dysfunction/injury). The myopathy can lead to atrophy. Fibric acid derivates can do this too. Remember though, the more severe muscle issues are very rare on the order of 1-5%. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes: Actually, low doses of alcohol (1-2 drinks/day in men, 1 drink/day in women), and especially if the drink is red wine, actually raises the good cholesterol. If the good cholesterol (HDL) goes way up, that can raise total cholesterol, but if the bad cholesterol (ldl) remains less than 180 or so, the overall effect on health is positive. Exercise and health eating is a better way raise hdl. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Benefit greatest: The greatest benefit for protection against glaucoma was in men with cardiovascular disease and high cholesterol. The authors believe statins might lower the risk of glaucoma by reducing atherosclerosis in the optic nerve, or by improving blood flow in the eye. Statins might also enhance the ability of cells just in front of the iris to drain excess fluid. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Maybe indirectly: Smoking marijuana can lead to food cravings in some people. Getting "the munchies" (food cravings) from the marijuana itself or from peer pressure (listening to other smokers who talk about their munchies) can lead to eating more chips, fries, pizza, ice cream, etc..., which can lead to increased LDL cholesterol (the "bad" cholesterol that builds plaques to from blockages in arteries). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
If high dopamine levels can cause anxiety & paranoia...And nicotine causes surges in dopamine levels...Could tobacco use cause anxiety/paranoia?
Complicated: Weed does cause anxiety and can be quite severe in many people. Probably worse if you have an underlying predisposition or anxiety that can be exacerbated. Some users have mental health problems for years after using.Also causes depersonalization in some. However many people react differently. Unpredictable at this point. ...Read more
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