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my son who is 22 smokes every evening for the last

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my son who is 22 smokes cannabis every evening for the last 6 years could he die from this
a worried mum
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 2 years ago.

Dr. D.J. :

The views expressed by me are for educational purposes only and do not establish a doctor patient relationship.

Dr. D.J. :

Hi there,

This is Dr. D.J., experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.

I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.

Dr. D.J. :

Cannabis is not dangerous and will not cause death.

JACUSTOMER-ly8giy3t- :

so will he be ok i have read al ot on the internett what about psychological problems

Dr. D.J. :

There are some side effects of cannabis over long term use like lack of motivation ( laziness), physical and mental dependence.

Dr. D.J. :

Yes, that is a big problem over time.

Dr. D.J. :

Cannabis can cause psychosis, agitation over long term.

Dr. D.J. :

Also it can cause recurrent nausea and vomiting.

Dr. D.J. :

Chronic cough is another side effect.

Dr. D.J. :

On the brighter side, cannabis helps with depression, pain control, and appetite gain.

JACUSTOMER-ly8giy3t- :

how long he smokes a few joints a night he doesnt drink should i worry

Dr. D.J. :

This gain in appetite can cause weight gain also.

JACUSTOMER-ly8giy3t- :

but will the cannabis kill him

Dr. D.J. :

There is no specific time limi t--but any thing over 5 yrs makes it hard to wean off and increase the risk of long term side effects.

Dr. D.J. :

Not likely.

Dr. D.J. :

Unless he is smoking too many joints like more than 10 a day, then this should not be life threatening.

JACUSTOMER-ly8giy3t- :

no he doesnt smoke 10 joints a day do alot of people smoke cannabis

Dr. D.J. :

Yes nowadays this is common.

Dr. D.J. :

It has been legalized in some countries also.

Dr. D.J. :

This is supposed to be safer than cigarettes --but still this is not totally safe.

JACUSTOMER-ly8giy3t- :

but i am so worried it is interfering in my life

Dr. D.J. :

He should be ok.

Dr. D.J. :

But I will suggest him to seek some psychological counseling, treatment.

JACUSTOMER-ly8giy3t- :

he wont am just worried it will kill him

Dr. D.J. :

It will not kill him as I said earlier if he does not overdo it.

Dr. D.J. :

Cannabis is safer than cigarettes and alcohol in that sense.

Dr. D.J. :

However, like with any addiction, it should be kept in control.

JACUSTOMER-ly8giy3t- :

what is over doing it

Dr. D.J. :

like smoking several joints in a day ( more than 5 joints )

JACUSTOMER-ly8giy3t- :

he smokes of a night not in the day about 3 too 4

Dr. D.J. :

Ok that is not bad

Dr. D.J. :

He is keeping it under control

Dr. D.J. :

He will live long

JACUSTOMER-ly8giy3t- :

so he should be ok then

Dr. D.J. :

Yes absolutely

Dr. D.J. :

Do not worry.

JACUSTOMER-ly8giy3t- :

are you sure

Dr. D.J. :

Yes

Dr. D.J. :

Based on scientific data, it does not cause any serious damage to the body organs.

JACUSTOMER-ly8giy3t- :

is that true medical advice as when reading on internet it scared me

Dr. D.J. :

Yes it is

Dr. D.J. :

Internet forums do not provide correct scientific data only some peoples experiences.

Dr. D.J. :

Scientific data is collected from large population and do not see serious side effects from limited daily use.

Dr. D.J. :

In fact cannabis is used medically to treat cancer pain, improve appetite

Dr. D.J. :

So it does have some medicinal benefits at least.

JACUSTOMER-ly8giy3t- :

so is smoking cigarettes worst than smoking cannabis

Dr. D.J. :

It is not as bad as cigarettes which dont have any health benefits.

Dr. D.J. :

Yes it is

Dr. D.J. :

Cigarettes cause cancer, cannabis does not.

JACUSTOMER-ly8giy3t- :

so he wont die by cannabis alone

Dr. D.J. :

No he will not

Dr. D.J. :

In fact he made the right decision by choosing cannabis over cigarettes.

JACUSTOMER-ly8giy3t- :

and you are a true medical doctor with this knowledge

Dr. D.J. :

Yes I am

Dr. D.J. :

You cannot be an expert without a medical degree here.

JACUSTOMER-ly8giy3t- :

where are you from

Dr. D.J. :

And I have plenty of experience in this field.

Dr. D.J. :

I am from united states.

JACUSTOMER-ly8giy3t- :

oh am from england should i stop worrying then

Dr. D.J. :

Yes you should stop worrying.

Dr. D.J. :

Wish you the best.

Dr. D.J. :

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JACUSTOMER-ly8giy3t- :

last year he had a heart attack he took cocaine was kept in over night but was given the all clear he has no ongoing issues

JACUSTOMER-ly8giy3t- :

please ans my last question

Dr. D.J. :

Ok

Dr. D.J. :

he needs to stay away from cocaine.

Dr. D.J. :

cannabis will not usually cause heart attack--but other drugs can.

Dr. D.J. :

So he needs to stay away from cocaine.

JACUSTOMER-ly8giy3t- :

he doesnt use cocaine was a one off that scarred him so cannabis wont cause him a heart attack

Dr. D.J. :

no

Dr. D.J. :

it will not usually.

JACUSTOMER-ly8giy3t- :

what do you mean not usually

Dr. D.J. :

means on limited use it will not.

Dr. D.J. :

But on large dose use ( more than 10 joints or so in a day) can cause heart attack in some cases.

Dr. D.J. :

It was my pleasure to help you today.
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