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Medical Marijuana and Addiction

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answered 07:13 PM EST, Wed July 18, 2012
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anonymous anonymous
Is medical marijuana a safe medication for me if I have history of drug addiction and alcoholism. I have tried very hard for 15 years to stay clean and sober and I don't want to compound my health problems now with anything that will get me back to using. Of course my doc also wants me to consider opiates, but I am not going down that road until the pain is more than I can stand. I know where opiates take me and it's nowhere I want to go back to.

Dr. Lani Chin Says...

Medical marijuana has been used for pain management, however, it is still considered an illicit substance by law.  It would be a good idea to talk to your medical doctor about pain management options before using a substance that has been shown to be addictive.  Research has also shown a link to lung cancer which is a risk you would take by using the substance.  Have you considered other forms of alternative medicine?  There are other options such as chiropractic medicine, acupuncture, or meditation.  Again, it depends on what your medical condition is so a conversation with your medical doctor should take place to see your options are.  Good luck.

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