HEALTH HELP

Dr Dulcy of­fers prac­ti­cal ad­vice for your ev­ery­day health is­sues and ques­tions.

Bona - - Editor’s Letter -

Dr Dulcy gives ad­vice on gen­eral med­i­cal is­sues

Dear Anony­mous: Some re­ports and even peo­ple have stated that their symp­toms im­proved af­ter us­ing mar­i­juana. How­ever, there are no con­clu­sive med­i­cal stud­ies that dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween in­gested or in­haled mar­i­juana. It is also not clear which strains are ben­e­fi­cial or not. Side ef­fects could be ad­dic­tion, im­paired con­cen­tra­tion and mem­ory, hal­lu­ci­na­tions and slower re­ac­tion at times. If you strug­gle with chronic pain, con­sult a physi­cian and dis­cuss your op­tions as well as the pos­si­ble side ef­fects, which may also de­pend on the cause of the con­di­tion.

Dear Anony­mous: Firstly, your teeth will be­come yel­low. Smok­ing also puts you at risk of gum dis­ease, which may lead to in­fec­tions that may cause your teeth to fall out. It also gen­er­ally sup­presses your im­mune sys­tem, which can lead to more se­ri­ous oral in­fec­tions and even mouth can­cers. It can cause re­duced flow of saliva, which can also cause plaque and tar­tar.

Bad breath is also a side ef­fect.

MEDIC­I­NAL USE OF MAR­I­JUANA Now that the laws around the use of mar­i­juana have changed in South Africa, what are some of the pros and cons of smok­ing it for chronic pain? Anony­mous

CIG­A­RETTES AND TEETH I have been smok­ing cig­a­rettes for five years, and am con­cerned that this is af­fect­ing my teeth. What are the ef­fects of smok­ing on my teeth? Anony­mous

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