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Can smoking marijuana one to two times a week cause me to get polycythemia?

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Dr. Kelty Baker
Internal Medicine - Hematology
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In brief: Polycythemia

Smoking anything deprives the body of oxygen and stimulates production of more red cells in compensation.
Your doctor can order a carboxyhemoglobin level to see if this is an issue for you. There are numerous other causes of polycythemia: sleep apnea, benign and malignant tumors, and a bone marrow condition known as polycythemia vera. A high red cell count should be evaluated by a hematologist.

In brief: Polycythemia

Smoking anything deprives the body of oxygen and stimulates production of more red cells in compensation.
Your doctor can order a carboxyhemoglobin level to see if this is an issue for you. There are numerous other causes of polycythemia: sleep apnea, benign and malignant tumors, and a bone marrow condition known as polycythemia vera. A high red cell count should be evaluated by a hematologist.
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