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What are the risks and benefits of marijuana vs pharmaceuticals?

What are the risks and benefits of marijuana vs pharmaceuticals?

Thought about this: Comedian chris rock does a very funny stand-up routine about why the gov't allows prescription drugs but not illegal recreational drugs. I always tell my patients, i've never had a patient walk into my office and say, "my life has been getting better since i started using ______." (fill in the blank: pot, alcohol, cocaine, molly... ). They routinely say this with the appropriate prescription. ...Read more

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Marijuana (Definition)

Marijuana refers to the various preparations of the Cannabis plant into the psychoactive drug for recreational use ...Read more


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What are the risks and benefits of smoking weed/marijuana?

What are the risks and benefits of smoking weed/marijuana?

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

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What are the risks of smoking medical marijuana with mild mitral valve prolapse ?

What are the risks of smoking medical marijuana with mild mitral valve prolapse ?

Probably low : The greater risk of marijuana use is injury to the brain and lungs. Although many states have "legalized" it's use, marijuana is NOT safe. ...Read more

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Any benefits of smoking marijuana? Thanks

See below : Of course there are. There are benefits to all drugs, otherwise we would not use them. The question is whether the benefits outweigh the negatives. ...Read more

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Can medical marijuana benefit spasticity?

No: There is no current evidence to support the use of cannabis as an antispasmodic. However, there is very little research to support it's use for any conditions except to increase appetite and glaucoma. It me be helpful for other conditions, but hasn't been proven yet. Mild evidence for chronic pain. ...Read more

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I find doctors opinions on marijuana and beliefs to be Ignorant. There are people who benefit more from it than narcotic pills. Why should we suffer ?

Marijuana: your statement answers itself. Doctors are people and they have OPINIONS & BELIEFS. As for the FACTS : Marijuana is one analgesic modality that is not utilized in the USA. As long as the Gov criminalizes even the Research of Cannabinoids, future Physicians will not be educated on the benefits of marijuana, and patients will only receive OPINIONS and BELIEFS. ...Read more

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Are there certain medicines you are not allowed to take if you smoke marijuana? Is marijuana bad for you health? What are some of the benefits verses side effects of smoking marijuana?

Here : Here are some of the possible effects from marijuana use: feelings of anxiety, depression, fear, panic or in some cases euphoria. If a high dose is taken it can lead to delusions, hallucinations or losing touch with reality. Other effects can include: inattentiveness, short-term memory problems and disturbances in your thought processes. Marijuana's effects usually last from one to three 3 hours. There can be interactions with medications when you use marijuana. I am not able to go through the list blow by blow. As you know, unless you have a medical marijuana card; it is illegal to use marijuana. ...Read more

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What benefit can marijuana and cocaine have for cancer patients?

What benefit can marijuana and cocaine have for cancer patients?

Mixed: Cocaine will have no therapeutic benefit to cancer patients (or anyone). There may be temporary high that crashes back down & disrupts brain chemistry too. Some cancer patients with extreme nausea, anorexia (loss of appetite), weight loss, and pain that are unresponsive to other measures, say they benefit from marijuana. It is not an automatic cancer patient = marijuana prescription, though. ...Read more

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I intake too much marijuana smoke and it worsens my depression and anxiety. What type of therapy would i benefit from the most?

Really?: I don't mean to come across as disrespectful, but if marijuana is increasing your depression/anxiety symptoms, then stop "intaking" marijuana smoke. If you are not smoking it yourself but are being exposed because someone else is smoking in your presence (and won't stop even though s/he knows it is harming you), then that is the problem, or at least a big part of it. ...Read more

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