Marijuana Side Effects

Marijuana is a psychoactive drug taken from the cannabis plant. It shows some long-term effects and short-term effects on the body. Some short-term effects are altered senses, mood changes, hallucinations, delusions, memory problems, and long-term effects are impairments in brain development. The other health problems are breathing problems, high heart rate, and issues in child development before and during pregnancy.

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I used marijuana at the beginning of my pregnancy and have a meconium test scheduled. Can marijuana be detected?

Query: Hello doctor, I am currently pregnant and have a question about meconium testing. I used marijuana a handful of times throughout the beginning of my pregnancy. It has been 19 weeks and three days since I stopped using it completely. I am really stressed about meconium testing. My question is, what i...  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Medically as per certain studies and international publications, meconium testing can detect maternal substance use for up to 4 to 5 months before delivery. For urine testing, it is a week. Please take care of your health and have a good diet and take adequate rest. ...  Read Full »

How to overcome my irritation, confusion, mood swings, and body stiffness due to marijuana and drug abuse?

Query: Hello doctor,I used marijuana for two years and used other drugs after that. Due to which I got a panic attack five years back. Now I have constipation due to depression. I do not have celiac disease and anemia. All my test reports are normal. I eat tablet Venlafaxine 150 mg twice daily, tablet Preg...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi,Welcome to have a major depressive disorder. There is non-pharmacological management for it, you should try to follow the below guidelines to deal with it. 1. Exercises daily for 30 to 45 minutes in the gym, go for a walk, or swim to boost your confidence. It will help you to deal...  Read Full »

I smoke marijuana daily. Is it safe for me to have a surgery under general anesthesia?

Query: Hi doctor,I am having surgery soon (breast augmentation), which requires general anesthesia. My concern is that I smoke marijuana daily and have done for the past three years. I am 20 years old and have tried to quit, but it has not gone according to plan. I smoke quite a high amount each day. I had...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query and will surely help you. Marijuana leads to the weakening of lung parenchyma and the linings of the airways. Anesthetic agents will be required in low doses compared to normal persons. There is no significant or direct interaction. Please do deep b...  Read Full »

I smoke weed. Kindly help me to get rid of the habit.

Query: Hi doctor, I do not trust girls. I have had relationship issues, as I was betrayed by the girl I love. I also have a weed problem, and I am a dropout from college. Please help me get over these issues.  Read Full »

Dr. Ramchandra Lamba

Answer: Hi, Welcome to This is more of a generalized thought that all the girls are not trustworthy just because a girl betrayed you. You are taking weed. Please specify the duration and daily dose. You need a help of a psychiatrist, as a thorough evaluation is necessary to plan a regime ...  Read Full »

I feel urgency to defecate, gassy, and bowel rumbling. Is this due to quitting marijuana?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 36-year-old male, and for the last month on and off, I have been having urgency to defecate, extremely gassy, bowel rumbling, the undigested fiber in stool, and floating stool sometimes. The stool breaks apart in water and becomes mushy. I had a colonoscopy and full bloodwork ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The symptoms you mention can be due to marijuana withdrawal symptoms that happened due to the stop of marijuana. It is important to remain sober since long-term use of these addictive drugs may affect your cognition, function, and dependence on these drugs. Me...  Read Full »

I feel progressively high, and I have fast heart beats, eye pressure, and breathlessness. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have been feeling progressively high. I do not know how to verbalize my issues. I feel like my heart is beating fast. And also, I have pressure in my eyes, on and off breathlessness. But there was no change in my respiratory rate. I went to the hospital and had blood examinations,...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello,Welcome to symptoms could be suggestive of panic attacks or partial epilepsy seizures. So, I would recommend doing an EEG (electroencephalogram), complete blood count, blood electrolytes, and thyroid hormone levels to rule out the cause.I hope you will find this information he...  Read Full »

Will dry mouth due to marijuana intake cure on its own?

Query: Hi doctor, Five nights ago, I was out with my friend, and he convinced me to try a marijuana tincture that he said was about 65-75% ethanol. First, I tried 0.1 ml under the right side of my tongue. I held my head back and essentially let it sit there for 20-30 seconds. I felt a burn from the eth...  Read Full »

Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Marijuana contains tetrahydrocannabinol or THC and its active form is known for its psychotropic effects. In addition, it also does produce dryness due to its anticholinergic effect on the system. This is the reason why you tend to have a dry mouth and often feel thir...  Read Full »

Will codeine and Marijuana intake cause panic attack?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 22-year-old healthy male. Yesterday I had my first panic attack and it was severe and lasted long. I have ended up in the emergency room. But they just gave me a Diazepam and I was feeling good again, but they never told me what triggered and I am curious. Last night I drank 11...  Read Full »

Dr. Parth N. Nagda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It could be a combination of Marijuana, codeine, and beer. Also, regular use of Marijuana will cause panic attacks. It is just that the effects of whatever is taken regularly and do not show up immediately. Only chronic use of either smoking, alcohol or other drugs w...  Read Full »

Will smoking weed cause laziness, dumb feel and brain fog?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a huge problem. In highschool, I smoked weed a couple of times when I was in 16-18 years of age. But now I feel lazier, dumber, my brain is constantly foggy. I am less human and less connected to the world. It feels like I am playing a video game through my eyes. I think it ha...  Read Full »

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hello, Welcome to How long ago was the last time you smoked weed? Did you use any other street drugs? Sometimes using marijuana can cause depersonalization-derealization symptoms. You seem to experience something like that. It can happen to anyone. Smoking weed is one of the possible...  Read Full »

Can Topamax and Marijuana be taken together?

Query: Hi doctor, I was prescribed Topamax recently for treatment of migraines. I am starting on 25 mg once a day and going up to 100 mg after one month. Are there any known interactions between Topamax and medical Marijuana? I use the former for treatment of anxiety and it is quite helpful, however, I ha...  Read Full »

Dr. Lohit Chauhan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Marijuana and Topiramate (Topamax) both increase sedation (increased sleepiness). If both are being used simultaneously, I would advice to avoid works that require constant attention and which risk the life of others (like driving, etc.). Ask your physician to modify...  Read Full »

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