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Marijuana After Clearing Hepatitis C

Nicole Cutler L.Ac. June 30, 2015

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Is it safe to use marijuana after successfully clearing the Hepatitis C virus?

Side Effects of Using Marijuana

Some healthcare professionals believe that if marijuana is harmful to the liver, the effects are likely mild – especially with occasional use. The most common side effects of marijuana use, inactivity and excessive food cravings, could be more harmful to the liver than the drug itself. Thus, eating a healthy diet (even when plagued by the munchies) and exercising regularly will go a long way in preventing fat from causing liver inflammation and depressing the immune system. In addition, those using marijuana for medical reasons may be receiving benefits that outweigh the controversial potential for liver risk.

Rarely is a drug totally safe, especially when it comes to a compromised liver. Marijuana is no exception. It seems likely that heavy marijuana use can aggravate liver injury and lower immunity. However, there are substances that are much more hazardous to the liver’s health (like alcohol) than occasional and responsible marijuana usage.

Editor’s Note: The conclusion stated above does not condone any illegal activity. Concerns about what is safe and acceptable for each individual should always be discussed first with a primary healthcare provider.

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