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Doctor insights on: Symptoms Of Chronic Marijuana Use

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr Dr. Alvis Jr
Preventive Medicine
37 years in practice
The Dental School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
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I'm curently taking doxycycline 100 mg every 12 h for chronic sinusitis. I also smoke marijuana to calm down my anxiety and OCD symptoms. Is that ok?

I'm curently taking doxycycline 100 mg every 12 h for chronic sinusitis. I also smoke marijuana to calm down my anxiety and OCD symptoms. Is that ok?

No-all 3 bad choices: Antibiotics (against-life-things)=poisons to sicken/kill whatever is sensitive to them; may help short-term & guaranteed to ensure on resistant bacteria present after ~a week. Smoking damages lungs driving bronchitis & emphysema. No evidence marijuana healthy; evid. Not. OCD symptoms=just that, not the reason for OCD. Thus best Seek Truth, confront problems, find solutions; http://goo. Gl/Lz9ouJ

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Dr. Shariq Refai Dr. Refai
Psychiatry
9 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What are the symptoms of using marijuana?

What are the symptoms of using marijuana?

Many potentially: 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.

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Dr. Anne Phelan-adams Dr. Phelan-adams
Family Medicine
years in practice
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What if I'm a chronic user of marijuana will it be 30 to 45 days to clear my system still?

What if I'm a chronic user of marijuana will it be 30 to 45 days to clear my system still?

YES, most likely: The active ingredient (the one that makes you high) THC, and its metabolic byproducts, can be detected in the urine for up to 30 days in a heavy and/or regular user of marijuana. In extreme cases, such as very heavy use combined with recent weight loss and concentrated urine, THC may be detected up to 45 days but probably below the cut-off value that would be considered "positive."

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Dr. William Coutts ii Dr. Coutts ii
Family Medicine
22 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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If I smoked 3 grams of marijuana in one night, how long would it take to leave my system? I was a chronic user up until a month ago.

If I smoked 3 grams of marijuana in one night, how long would it take to leave my system? I was a chronic user up until a month ago.

A long time: The half-life of THC, which is the active ingredient in marijuana is 30 days. In other words, 30 days after you completely stop using marijuana, 1/2 of it is still in your system. 60 days later 1/4 is still in your system. 90 days later 1/8 (12.5%) is still in your system. THC is fat soluble, so it gets in all your fat cells & slowly diffuses out. Your brain is 60% fat.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What symptoms occur if you smoke marijuana?

What symptoms occur if you smoke marijuana?

Variable: Possible effects of marijuana: anxiety, depression, fear, panic, delusions, hallucinations, losing touch with reality, inattentiveness, short-term memory problems, disturbances of thought processes. You might feel tired, have poor concentration, slowed reaction times & slowed problem solving, develop a dry mouth, have a rapid heart rate or feel hungry. Some feel relaxed with drop in pain & anxiety.

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg Dr. Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine
45 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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What symptoms would being high on marijuana cause?

What symptoms would being high on marijuana cause?

Very variable: Many people don't experience ANY psychoactive effects the first few times they may smoke marijuana, whereas others get extremely anxious to the point of panic attacks. The effects in teen-agers and young adults are different than those in adults, and I strongly discourage any use by younger people. It can reduce IQ, impair learning, promote psychotic events and literally damage younger brains.

Dr. Laurence Badgley Dr. Badgley
General Practice
49 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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Can medicinal marijuana help with symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Can medicinal marijuana help with symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Yes: ? if cannabis helpful for fibromyalgia. Scores of fibromyalgia sufferers have informed me of cannabis benefits. Cannabis reduces pain, stimulates appetite, relaxes muscle spasm (applied as topical), eases IBS symptoms, potentiates sleep, & allays anxiety & depression. Is possible to prepare cannabis to minimize "the high". Doctors who regard medicinal cannabis as ploy to "get high" are misguided.

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Dr. Joan Kinlan Dr. Kinlan
Psychiatry
48 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Does marijuana harm the person using it? If it does, what are the symptoms?

Sometimes: It is more harmful for teenagers and it depends on the dosage. A small amount rarely hurts. Of course you would not drive with it.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Can marijuana treat OCD and its symptoms?

Can marijuana treat OCD and its symptoms?

No: Ocd is an anxiety disorder. Cannabis may actually worsen anxiety disorders for some people.

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Dr. Robert Marvit Dr. Marvit
Psychiatry
53 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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What are the typical withdrawal symptoms of marijuana?

What are the typical withdrawal symptoms of marijuana?

Time and dose: Symptoms will depend on frequency and duration of use. Drop in appetite agitation may all be mild signs.

Dr. Jeffrey Roth Dr. Roth
Addiction Medicine
39 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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How long does marijuana take to exit your system, given for chronic pain?

Days to weeks: Thc is stored in fat tissue and may take days to weeks to be completely excreted from the body.

Dr. Donald Jacobson Dr. Jacobson
Psychiatry
36 years in practice
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
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Is it possible that I have marijuana withdrawal symptoms after only doing 4 times?

No: No. It is not possible. Please stop using however. Obviously something is not sitting well within your mind or body with the use of this chemical and it would be best to stop while you can. Best wishes for a safe happy healthy and sober holiday season.

Dr. Robert Marvit Dr. Marvit
Psychiatry
53 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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How long do withdrawal symptoms of marijuana last? Do some users not get withdrawal?

Time and dose: Symptoms will depend on frequency and duration of use. Drop in appetite agitation may all be mild signs.

Dr. Donald Jacobson Dr. Jacobson
Psychiatry
36 years in practice
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
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Is it true that marijuana causes audio hallucinations, extreme numbness, and other symptoms?

If you have a: Personal or family history of psychosis, then this can indeed occur. I tell all of my patients with a history of psychosis or a family history of psychosis that they should never ever use marijuana. It is an absolute contraindication to the use of this "herbal remedy". Best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season.

Dr. Kathy Robinson Dr. Robinson
Family Medicine
28 years in practice
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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I know someone who smokes a lot of marijuana and is trying to quit. What are the withdrawal symptoms?

I know someone who smokes a lot of marijuana and is trying to quit. What are the withdrawal symptoms?

Not many symptoms: If the person tapers off the marijuana gradually there should not be a lot of withdrawal symptoms. Sometimes when people stop abruptly they can have some emotional symptoms and fatigue. Usually after a few months they feel much better and have more energy. There are no dangerous withdrawal symptoms from marijuana as there are from alcohol and some other drugs.

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Dr. Charles Barnhart Dr. Barnhart
Psychiatry
44 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at Houston
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When are marijuana withdrawls over are the symptoms like allergy symptoms like a person is allergic too it?

When are marijuana withdrawls over are the symptoms like allergy symptoms like a person is allergic too it?

Not really withdrawl: There's no physiological withdrawal from cannabis. There can be a craving from missing the effect or the re-emergence of anxiety or other symptoms. Most of my patients seem to get over all that in about a month. Never heard of allergy symptoms (runny nose, etc.?) from pot.

Dr. Patricia Foster Dr. Foster
Psychiatry
40 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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If marijuana were to trigger me to experience angina symptoms, would it also be triggered by other things like physical exertion or acute stress?

If marijuana were to trigger me to experience angina symptoms, would it also be triggered by other things like physical exertion or acute stress?

See doctor: Sounds like you're worried about chest pain or or other cardiac symptoms from marijuana, physical exertion and stress. You should be seen without delay by your pcp for an evaluation to determine how your heart is reacting to these factors. Meantime, avoid smoking mj or overdoing any physical activity. Tell your doc about any major stress going on. I hope this helps. Best wishes.

Dr. Lynne Weixel Dr. Weixel
Clinical Psychology
32 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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Marijuana worsens all my neuro symptoms I don't know the cause but they are similar to dementia it can't be that though so what are possible causes?

Quit, at least 4 now: You don't mention all your neuro symptoms, but if they are a concern, you need to get into treatment for them. For the immediate time, don't use marijuana. You may know the joke. Guy tells doc "it hurst when I ____" doc says "don't do it! " anyway, until it is legal, it's not. Hopefully it will be available for those who do well with it, but you don't and it's not. See a doctor for your symptoms.

Dr. Romana Zvereva Dr. Zvereva
Psychiatry
5 years in practice
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Is marijuana or cocain worse for increasing the symptoms of schizophrenia?

Most likely: Marijuana has been found to be an independent risk factor in developing schizophrenia, especially with an early age use prior to age of 18 there is no data related to cocaine but chronic use of Cocaine can cause chronic psychosis which can be terated with medications.

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