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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 and benefits of smoking pot?

What are the risks and benefits of smoking pot?

Truth be told...: the medical benefits have been shown to be more profound with the pill versions of marijuana versus the smoked varieties. So don't try to justify smoking pot - no benefits medicinally above taking by pill. ...Read more

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1.What are the benefits and risks of valium 2. What are the benefits of using Valium over other alternatives?

1.What are the benefits and risks of valium

2. What are  the benefits of using Valium over other  alternatives?

ANTI ANXIETY: Valium 2mg is fair low dose but helps with anxiety, panic, muscle relaxation. Valium very ling acting the body and some others are shorter. ...Read more

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Do the benefits of testosterone therapy outweigh the risks? What are some of the benefits and risks?

Do the benefits of testosterone therapy outweigh the risks? What are some of the benefits and risks?

Testosterone: Whether any treatment benefits outweigh risks is a personal decision to be addressed btwn you & your physician. Testosterone should only be given to those in whom it's been proven that they are low (hypogonadism) and for whom it's not forbidden (untreated metastatic prostate cancer). Check out http://www.alvinblin.com/ where I have addressed pros & cons. Also need to ask if you want more children ...Read more

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What are the health effects of synthetic cannabis/spice?

What are the health effects of synthetic cannabis/spice?

Not safe.: never safe to use any sort of substance which can be considered illicit. spice can be very dangerous in that it can present as psychosis in people which can include paranoia and dangerous behaviors. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of decriminalizing marijuana?

What are the pros and cons of decriminalizing marijuana?

A Civil Issue: The decriminalization of marijuana is a civil issue not a medical issue. I do not think this is the forum to debate such issues. This is one doctors opinion. ...Read more

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What are the benefits and costs of pipe smoking?

What are the benefits and costs of pipe smoking?

No benefits: There are no health benefits to any type of smoking. The cost could be your health. ...Read more

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What are the health risks of herbal cigarettes?

What are the health risks of herbal cigarettes?

Many...: Including cancer, heart disease, lung disease, premature aging, dementia, stroke, and death (and this is far from a complete list). Keep in mind, all cigarettes are herbal. Tobacco is an herb. If you are asking about clove cigarettes, then add suddenly coughing up blood to the list, as that has been reported after smoking clove cigarettes. ...Read more

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What are the benefits and risks of using invisalign?

What are the benefits and risks of using invisalign?

Limited corrects app: Benefits are not having unsightly brackets and wires. Drawbacks are it doesn't work for many ortho problems. Invisilign is often less predictable. ...Read more

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What are the risks and benefits of septoplasty?

What are the risks and benefits of septoplasty?

Septoplasty: Septoplasty when indicated is an excellent way to improve your breathing through your nose. While the septum is often manipulated during rhinoplasty, a functional septoplasty should not change the appearance of the nose- that's what a rhinoplasty is intended to do. Septoplasty risks are related to healing of the membranes over the septum, and can include bleeding, scarring or septal perforation. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of smoking marijuana with a vaporizer?

What are the pros and cons of smoking marijuana with a vaporizer?

All pros: Vaporizing marijuana releases the medicinally active cannabinoids without burning the plant releasing toxic byproducts of combustion that can be respiratory irritants. Basically there are many pros and no significant cons, though some people don't find it as satisfying at first. See http://www.Canorml.Org/health/vaporizers and http://www.Recoverytoday.Net/articles/457-marijuana-vaporization. ...Read more

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Is there any research on the pros and cons of cannabis?

Is there any research on the pros and cons of cannabis?

Some but not enough: We need more clinical studies of cannabis use before we start believing any of the many anecdotes on the internet. ...Read more

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What are the benefits and risks of using testosterone boosters?

What are the benefits and risks of using testosterone boosters?

There are absolutely: no benefits, since none of them boost testosterone. Aside from wasting your money, you would be putting unknown and possibly toxic chemicals into your body. Why would you do such a thing? ...Read more

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Which are the pros and cons about smoking weed/majiuana?

Which are the pros and cons about smoking weed/majiuana?

Pro- v symptoms of: Specific medical conditions. Con- 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

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What are the benefits and risks of cardiac rehabilitation?

What are the benefits and risks of cardiac rehabilitation?

Many...: The development of 'cardiac' rehabilitation was a huge step forward in the treatment of patients whom have suffered from a variety of heart issues most importantly heart attacks(myocardial infarctions). Rehab enables patients to regain their strength and level of activity slowly so they can return to their lives; and live them fully. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) use?

What are the pros and cons of dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) use?

Always: There is no treatment of any kind that does not carry pros and cons, and that certainly includes stimulants like dexedrine (dextroamphetamine). If you have a disorder for which it is effective and side effects are mild to none, then you have a winner. No benefit and lots of side effects make the decision to stop easy. Harder is good benefit with notable side effects such as appetite loss and sleep problems. ...Read more

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What are the risks of tobacco use?

What are the risks of tobacco use?

TNTC: Tobacco is the number one cause of cancer, especially of the lung. It causes heart and bladder problems, chronic lung disease, arterial dysfunction. It also creates bad breath and prevents normal tasting and smell, it is also very expensive. There in fact is nothing to recommend it and this would be a good time to quit. ...Read more

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What are the health benefits of using natural cannabis?

What are the health benefits of using natural cannabis?

None: This is a class I controlled substance that has no health benefits at all. Some medicinal value has been proposed, but for a healthy person risks of damage to genes, increased anxiety, loss of memory, and disturbed sense of well being, not counting the legal costs, are a good reason to avoid this. ...Read more

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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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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 ?

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

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?

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?

None: Cocaine was originally used as a local anesthetic before it became a drug of habit. It has no place in the treatment of cancer and is not indicated. Medical marijuana has been said to relieve nausea and vomiting as well as improve the appetite of some patients on chemotherapy, but these effects can be duplicated by the use of a thc congener, dronabinol, a potent anti-nauseant & Cyproheptadine etc. ...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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What are the risks and benefits of septoplasty?

Septoplasty: Septoplasty when indicated is an excellent way to improve your breathing through your nose. While the septum is often manipulated during rhinoplasty, a functional septoplasty should not change the appearance of the nose- that's what a rhinoplasty is intended to do. Septoplasty risks are related to healing of the membranes over the septum, and can include bleeding, scarring or septal perforation. ...Read more

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What are the risks and benefits of paraguard iud?

What are the risks and benefits of paraguard iud?

Risk/Benefit: So, Paraguard is the copper-IUD, no hormone. It acts by irritating the surrounding tissue, which prevents implantation. It does this quite well, as the chance of pregnancy with this is comparable to other IUD and implant methods. Benefit - not getting pregnant Risks - perforation of the uterus, infection, erosion through uterine wall, copper sensitivity. These are rare risks. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are the risks and benefits of insulin pump?

What are the risks and benefits of insulin pump?

See below: Risk: pump malfunction, insertion site infection. Benefits: you always have Insulin with you (no "surprise" meals with no Insulin cause you didn't plan ahead), can take Insulin for snacks without another injection, can decrease Insulin during/after exercise to avoid lows, you can have Insulin delivered more slowly for a meal that takes longer to digest (dual wave bolus), more. ...Read more

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What are the risks and benefits of smoking pot?

Truth be told...: the medical benefits have been shown to be more profound with the pill versions of marijuana versus the smoked varieties. So don't try to justify smoking pot - no benefits medicinally above taking by pill. ...Read more

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What are the risks and benefits of masturbating ?

What are the risks and benefits of masturbating ?

Masturbation: Masturbation is not a medical procedure. It is a common and natural part of the human experience. Every man you know masturbate or has masturbated. There are no medical or health consequences to this normal sexual activity. ...Read more

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What are the risks and benefits of getting vaccinations?

What are the risks and benefits of getting vaccinations?

Risk/benefit: The basic risk of immunization is negligible. Vaccine haters have come up with a new scare issue every decade or so only to be refuted by scientific data, most of which they never accept. The benefit is the avoidance of illness, injury or death.Ben franklin was once a vaccine hater, but in his later writings changed, sad over the preventable loss of a son to smallpox. ...Read more

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What are the risks and benefits of a transurethral sphincterotomy?

What are the risks and benefits of a transurethral sphincterotomy?

Free flow: done for obstruction. STDcan cause certain structures and once treated these need opening. Generally a low risk of bleeding and recurrence ...Read more

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What are the risks and benefits of treating sinus problems with surgery?

What are the risks and benefits of treating sinus problems with surgery?

Beneficial : When done for the right reasons for chronic sinusitis, sinus surgery is 90-95% effective at reducing symptoms.Risks are low but include: scarring, anesthetic complications, bleeding, infection, recurrent disease, pain, voice changes, reduced smell,and nasal obstruction.Extremely rare complications in skilled hands include injury to the eye/brain injury, CSF spinal fluid leak, blindness, and death. ...Read more

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I am thinking about getting lipo or smart lipo. What are the risks and benefits ?

I am thinking about getting lipo or smart lipo. What are the risks and benefits ?

Increased with Smart: Due to the use of a high energy laser, the potential for greater thermal injury exists with the smartlipo device, othewise the risks are similar and include but are not limited to infection, hematoma, seroma, pain, numbness, irregularities, over-correction, under-correction, cellulite appearance, dimpling, ulceration, nodularity, need for subsequent secondary revisionary procedures, and inability. ...Read more

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Ganja (Definition)

Ganja is a Sanskrit word ...Read more