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