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Smoking Weed Lowers Potassium Levels
My carbon dioxide level is 29. No smoking/asthma. Should I be worried? Potassium was a 3.3 and calcium was a 10.1 due to diuretic. What do I do?
See below: Elevated CO2 (aka metabolic alkalosis) also most likely related to your diuretic and, as an isolated abnormality, is nothing to be overly concerned about. Low potassium and high calcium, glucose, uric acid, and CO2 are amongst the most common side effects and lab abnormalities to occur due to diuretic therapy. You should discuss these results with your MD along with potassium supplementation. ...Read more
Doxycycline and cannabinoids drug-drug interaction profile is poorly documented in the medical literature. Metabolism of both medications occurs in the liver by the same enzyme, which implies a possible interaction.
Cannabis smoking is associated with acne according to this study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25413494 ...Read more
But this is what it can do to you:
http://www.Webmd.Com/mental-health/marijuana-use-and-its-effects. ...Read more
Yes: Smoking (inhaling smoke, which is full of lung irritants and cancer-causing chemicals) of any kind is unhealthy. Weed is illegal under U.S. Law, so one can be thrown in jail and/or convicted of a crime. Having a conviction has bad side effects, such as problems getting a new job or the inability to enter canada for a vacation. Jail has its own dangers such as getting beat up or sexually assaulted. ...Read more
Better than what?: 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. Some people develop a dry mouth, have a rapid heart rate or may feel hungry. ...Read more
Depends: There is a mild to moderate withdrawal from cannabis that heavy, regular smokers may get. In addition, people who are using marijuana to control anxiety may feel more anxiety when they stop. It is self-limited and will go away. If you have persistent problems, see your doctor to talk about alternatives, from various kinds of psychotherapies to use of other medications which may help (buspar). ...Read more
Pro's - it is: Beneficial in the treatment of some specific medical conditions. Con's - 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
It depends: If you have bipolar mood disorder or schizophrenia, marijuana can aggravate those illnesses. Children and early adolescents often are unsettled by the drug's psychological and behavioral effects. Otherwise, the major risks in healthy adults are lung problems and loss of energy and motivation in very heavy users. Some data suggest lower sperm count and weight gain, but usually not enough to notice. ...Read more
Depends on who you: talk to. Health benefits that are touted are anti-nausea effect and increased appetite, leading to use of both marijuana and THC-containing medication (Marinol) for patients undergoing cancer treatment, or with HIV or hepatitis. It also lowers intraocular pressure in some cases of glaucoma. It may reduce neuropathic pain and certain kinds of seizures. SE's include bronchitis, sedation, anxiety. ...Read more
Variable: Weed itself varies. What you got before may be different from now. Also, individuals have varying sensitivities. But there may be a synergistic effect of intoxication: they get too strong. But there is also the metabolism: weed has some metabolic pathways that may be the same as your meds, thereby making weed and your meds either weaker or stronger. Unpredictable, and therefore unwise. ...Read more
NO. No way. No how!!: Do not alter mental status further if someone has just suffered a head injury. ...Read more
Can smoking weed be good or bad for eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusion?
Just not worth risk: Secret: dealers lace weed w/ other drugs to get you hooked fast & hard. When I was in the ER, Philly had the deadliest weed in the country because it was always laced w/ high levels of fentanyl so people were OD'ing on opiates, not THC. I had another unfortunate patient who had the *worst* trip of her life because hers was laced w/ LSD. Here's the deal: real friends don't give/distribute drugs. ...Read more
An issue fraught with difficulty. There's not been hard science done. That is we don't know a lot of things. Most importantly although state laws change some places federal law has not changed this should be worrisome for anyone that thinks that they are using it legally.
Cons are it does have serious psychological effects for some people and it is really no better than smoking as far as lungs. ...Read more
Just some of them: 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. Some people develop a dry mouth, have a rapid heart rate or may feel hungry. ...Read more
No: Very heavy use of marijuana, like very heavy use of tobacco, may increase the chance of bronchitis, which in some cases can lead to pneumonia, but even this would be very unusual. If you also smoke cigarettes, those are far more likely to open you up to lung infections than does marijuana. Consider pneumovax, h. Flu vaccine and influenza vaccines as well. ...Read more
Depends...: Marijuana can help nausea associated with cancer treatment. Many people feel a sense of calm and there can be pain relief. However, it is a risk factor for developing psychosis and it takes away your motivation to engage in tasks needed to maintain a healthy life. It is thought to be a "gateway drug" that leads to use of other drugs of addiction and dependence.The risks outweigh the benefits ! ...Read more
Many: Possible effects of marijuana: anxiety, depression, fear, panic , delusions, hallucinations, losing touch with reality, inattentiveness, short-term memory problems, disturbances of thought processes. Fatigue, poor concentration, slowed reaction times & slowed problem solving. Some people develop a dry mouth, have a rapid heart rate or may feel hungry. ...Read more
Worsened cognition: It has enough interference with concentration and memory that it could make functioning all that more difficult down the road. Furthermore, there is an association of pot with mood and anxiety disorder development, so make sure that there is no family history of that or the risk is higher. ...Read more
Ask your physician: If cannabis was a contributing factor to development of pneumonia. Marijuana smoke contains bronchial irritants. Inhalation with marijuana is more prolonged ; deeper than with tobacco. Higher combustion temperatures are reached because it is smoked to a shorter butt. This leads to a carboxyhemoglobin concentration that is 5 x ^ than tobacco. 3 x more tar is inhaled. Prolonged use of cannabis >. ...Read more
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