Tell your doctor about your marijuana usage?
October 7, 2010 6:34 PM Subscribe
Do you disclose to your doctor that you smoke pot?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (33 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I smoke a little marijuana pretty much every night before going to bed. I visited a doctor last week, my first doctor visit since I developed this habit; it's been about 10 years. When she asked if I use any recreational drugs, I was unprepared and instinctively lied.
Now, I'd like to tell my doctor everything relevant to my health, but I worry about the implications of revealing illegal drug usage. I'm in the US, male, married, and have 4 kids (4, 8, 11, 15), and worry that a doctor with strong opinions might, I dunno, call child protection services or something.
I go back for a follow up next week, and if it is the wise thing to do, I'd like to come clean with her, just so she has all the facts. So I'm looking for advice from either health professionals or other pot smokers.
From the former... do you often get honest answers about pot smoking from patients? Do you or do you know of any doctors that take action outside of the bounds of the doctor-patient relationship based on knowledge of a patient's drug use?
From fellow pot smokers, and this is what I most want to know... do you tell your doctor about your pot usage? If so, have you ever regretted it? If you don't, why not?
(The reason I'm going to the doctor now is that I'm nearly 40, need to quit smoking cigarettes, get a vasectomy, lose weight, start exercising, generally taking better care of myself, etc. And also, I've been experiencing some strange tingling sensations in my face, arms and feet, with general muscle soreness, and I'd like to find out the cause of that. But I'd rather this thread not be all "You need to tell your doctor so she can diagnose you," because, duh, yeah, that'd be ideal. I'm more looking for advice and anecdata on what risks I would be taking in being honest.)
Throw away email address for anyone that doesn't even disclose to metafilter that they smoke pot: firstname.lastname@example.org