Will inhaling vaporized marijuana/cannabis hurt my liver?
July 15, 2012 7:42 AM Subscribe
I need my liver to recover after years of alcohol abuse. Will vaporizing marijuana have a detrimental effect?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (17 answers total)
I'm alcoholic, and have finally realised I have to completely abstain. I am seeing a psychiatrist (specliasing in addiction), and he had me do a Liver Function Test. He told me lots of gibberish about the results, which I didn't understand, but then summarised it by saying that on the mild/medium/extreme level, my liver damage is mild, and reversible, if I completely abstain from the booze.
I've done a bit of research since, and I guess I definitely have Alcoholic Liver Disorder, but it hasn't yet progressed to Hepatitis, or Chirrosis. I am determined not to let it escalate any further.
I believe that I've been using alcohol to self-medicate away my anxiety and mild depression issues, with which my doctor agrees, but he refuses to look further into that until I have been sober for a few months, so he can see the "real me".
But above all that, I want to make sure I do whatever I can to get my liver back to a healthy state. I am taking multi-vitamins, milk thistle, and improving my diet (along with Campral and Naltroxene which are supposed to reduce alcohol cravings).
He's given me Valium to help over the first week or two of sobriety, which is helping well.
My question is, if I vaporize a bit of marijuana from time to time rather than having a drink, will that have a detrimental effect on my poor liver's recovery? I'm not talking about a lot - just to get over those "I need something more" moments.
I used to smoke cannabis with tobacco in excess up to about 10 years ago, but then quit, and concentrated on the drinking (aside from the occasional toke at a party from time to time). I still smoke cigarettes, and know I need to kick them too, for the liver at least, but... one step at a time.
Even though I still smoke cigarettes heavily, I can't smoke marijuana - it just makes me cough. But I've recently discovered vaporizing and it seems to do the job without making me cough for half an hour.
I know you guys are not my doctors, but I've tried looking this up on more specific websites, and they're either one extreme or the other: Medical sites - "complete abstinence from everything is the only solution!". Pro-marijuana sites - "Dope is completely harmless".
Please don't suggest AA.
And I know some may think I'm just replacing one crutch with the other. But it's a case of harm minimisation. Like I said, I won't be vaping daily, and even when I do it will be very small quantities.
Anecdata: 40 yo, single male.
Summary: Will inhaling vaporized marijuana/cannabis hurt my liver?