Frequently Asked Questions1. Which doctor should be consulted for marijuana - related health problems?
A qualified counselor or a rehabilitation centre is the best option.
2. How does marijuana act?
There are natural THC like chemicals in the brain, which are responsible for proper brain functioning. THC in marijuana activates parts of the brain that contain the highest number of these receptors and disrupts their normal functioning.
3. Is marijuana addictive?
It is estimated that about 1 in 11 will become addicted. When youngsters in early teens begin smoking marijuana there is a 1 in 6 chance of becoming addicted.
4. What is synthetic marijuana?
Synthetic marijuana, also known as Spice or K2 is a mixture of different chemicals that mimic THC and have serious toxic effects
5. Is marijuana legal?
Marijuanais illegal in most countries including India. Some countries such as Canada, Czech Republic, some states of the USA, have legalized the use of marijuana despite objections from the federal government.
6. Which FDA approved drugs are prepared from marijuana?
Sativex is used to treat spasticity caused by multiple sclerosis. Marinol and Cesamet are approved for the treatment of nausea in patients undergoing chemotherapy and in AIDS patients suffering from loss of appetite.
7. What is effect of marijuana usage on HIV treatment?
There are no significantly adverse effects of marijuana use on HIV therapy, CD4+ cell count, or HIV viral load.
8. How long do THC effects last in the body?
Effects may last up to a few months as THC is stored in the fat cells and hence takes longer time to fully clear the body.