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Pericarditis And Smoking Marijuana
Mental Health risks: Possible effects of marijuana: anxiety, depression, fear, panic, delusions, paranoia, hallucinations, losing touch with reality, inattentiveness, short-term memory problems, disturbances of thought processes. Fatigue, poor concentration, slowed reaction times ; slowed problem solving. ...Read more
Very bad risk: Risks include psychosis with hallucinations, agitation, and paranoia. Spice can increase heart rate and blood pressure -- & can reduce blood supply to the heart. In some cases it has caused heart attack. Synthetic marijuana contains unidentified herbal material sprayed with unquantified amounts of a substance that mimics thc. So, you don't know what you're getting. Can be highly addictive too. ...Read more
Maybe: Discussing the merits of medical marijuana, or the unfounded claims on which today's cannabis laws were based, isn't possible here. If you must do something to make yourself silly or relieve the tedium of life, you're much better off doing this than getting blotto/mean drunk, or using some of the very-dangerous stuff like heroin or cocaine or meth. ...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
Yes: Research shows that steroid hormones, cytokines, and the endocannabinoid system (ecs) in the central nervous system are closely related in female fertility. Any disruption in this system (like from external smoked thc, stored in fat) can result in fetal loss. Use of marijuana is associated with implantation failure, spontaneous miscarriage, fetal growth restriction and premature birth in humans. ...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
Unknown: As far as I know their is no conclusive proof. I believe their is some studies that indicate that chronic use may decrease sperm count. I suggest you address this question to any of the fertility doctors or obgyn doctors here at healthtap who probably can refer you to research articles. ...Read more
Research is mixed: According to the national institute of drug abuse, marijuana smoke contains 50-70% more carcinogens than tobacco smoke. Also marijuana smokers inhale more deeply and hold smoke in their lungs longer. Http://www. Drugabuse. Gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana these can lead to more lung irritation and cancer. Other studies say mj is not linked to tobacco-related cancers (lung, colon, rectal, etc). ...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 more
No: Smoking marijuana is not useful for treating panic disorder. It may distort time and induce a temporary feeling of relaxation for some, but some also report a feeling of anxiety and paranoia when smoking. By its very nature, untreated panic disorder has attacks that come suddenly. Seems more sensible to be evaluated, learn ways to handle anxiety, and use prescription medications if needed. ...Read more
The risks: Are decrease in IQ and neuropsych testing decreased grey matter in the prefrontal cortex of the brain which are non-reversable, possible cardiac toxicity, and addiction. There are no actual benefits of smoking marijuana it only use is to "get high" there are other forms of thc containing medicines that are useful such as eye drops, and marinol for nausea and appetite stimulation. ...Read more
One week will be more than enough. However, you should disclose your marijuana use to the doctor or nurse at the blood center. It is commendable that you want to donate blood and do your civic duty. For the sake of your own health, you should not use weed.
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. 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
Both dangerous: Both are dangerous. Marijuana smoke has more carcinogens in it than regular cigarettes do, and people usually inhale and hold the smoke longer with it too. So exposure is very significant -- plus the unspecified additives and possible pesticides that no one really checks for. Alternatively, nicotine is highly addictive, and people usually smoke more regular cigarettes, more often. Neither is good. ...Read more
It's illegal, child: Endangerment. Smoking mj, tobacco, crack, etc. Inside or out of the home (it clings to fabrics) makes your baby a passive smoker, bad for his lungs & brain. Because of smaller body surface area, babies get "stoned" by much lower amts. Of mj than adults. Being in an altered state impairs infant development. If a sole caretaker is high, baby's risk of accidental injury or death is also high. ...Read more
You'll get stoned: If you smoke marijuana a week before a tonsillectomy you will get stoned. There are few known interactions between marijuana ; pharmaceuticals, esp. Those likley to be used around the time of your surgery ; there are no significant levels in your body a week after smoking. However, I caution against regular marijuana use by 17 yo's- there's evidence that regular use can lower iq in those under 18! ...Read more
Limited data: The effectsof breast feeding by marijuana users is not conclusive. Small amounts of metabolites are excreted available to the baby. Since marijuana metabolites are stored in fat, the duration of the availability in the breast milk is relatively unknown. If you were prescribed marijuana, the prescribing physician may have better answers for you. Otherwise, it's likely not worth the risk to smoke ...Read more
Male fertility is affected by thc the psychoactive component of the marijuana. The smoke of marijuana causes lung damage.
Thc is felt to affect sperm in several ways including that the sperm swim too fast and "burn out" before reaching the egg, the head of the sperm has abnormal changes, the sperm count is lower. The effect on fertility is due to the thc. ...Read more
What kind of surgery: Generally "social" use of marijuana is not going to cause any difficulties. Heavy marijuana smokers can get lung problems just as cigarette smokers do, and if you are having general anesthesia, that might make a difference. It should not cause any problems in general with either surgery or anesthesia in lower-dose smokers. ...Read more
No but: It will take weeks to a months to resolve. ...Read more
Hard to say: Methylphenidate is used to treat ADD. Cannabis, particularly smoking it can aggravate ADD symptoms. People with ADD are at greater risk of developing addictions and hence cannabis can present problems there as well. On the upside if cannabis is being used to help with PTSD or pain problems I could envision it along with the methylphenidate improving ADD symptoms. Advise edibles only. ...Read more
Meds for Fibro: Marijuana is not the treatment of choice for chronic pain. The first job is to identify the source of the pain and repair the problem. Some people, however, get into some chronic pain issues and need treatment for such. There is a prescription medication, marinol, that contains the THC found in marijuana. It can be helpful in select cases. Legal marijuana at this point is still sketchy! ...Read more
I have one kidney and smoke marijuana every day It is very negative for the kidney smoking marijuana?
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
What are the medical effects of smoking moderate amounts of marijuana while taking bystolic (nebivolol)?
If someone wants to quit smoking marijuana but has been unsuccessful, is there a safer legal med that could help?
Get evaluated: It would be helpful for you see an addiction medicine physician, many of whom are psychiatrists. It's important to review your history, etc, so that any conditions interfering with recovery can be addressed & treated. Otherwise you will be tempted to self-medicate -- going counter to your goal. Research about the possibility of using Naloxone in people recovering from thc abuse, is ongoing. ...Read more
I smoke a gram a day I am due june 11 if I quit smoking before june will marijuana still show up in baby's system?
Think about Ur Baby: You need to stop using marijuana now, and not waiting until may. Think about your poor baby. Marijuana may harm your baby brain- and may cause some learning problem and affect the memory. You are going to become a mother and you want your baby to be healthy right? You need to start thinking about your baby, and be more responsible. ...Read more
Smoking marijuana helps with my sadness and its what I trust, I don't want pills or any pharmaceudicals is this ok?
Help for sadness: Smoking marijuana will not really help you deal w sadness, it will just make you not care about it for a little while. In addition, regular use decreases serotonin levels, leading to increased depression & anxiety. What goes up must come down, & vice versa. "natural" does not = healthy. Poison ivy or oak are natural too. Pot -> much worse lung damage than tobacco. See a therapist about sadness. ...Read more
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