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Smoke marijuana regularly. Having headache, chest pains, occasional cough. Is this a serious health issue?

I have been smoking marijuana regularly for about 2 years now. Yesterday I decided to smoke using a piece of pop can as a filter for a home made pipe this is not smart i know but I figured it was a one time thing so it was ok. I ended up completely torching the piece of can to ash. Today I woke up with a mild to moderate headache , chest pains and an occasional cough . Is this a seriouse health issue
Asked On : Tue, 19 Feb 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

It is possible that you could have aspirated some of the ash / debris of the burnt material. Since you have developed symptoms like chest pain after this incident, it is better to get yourself checked by a doctor.

So, I would advise you to see a doctor for a physical examination, and if necessary, a chest X-ray. Also, in the future please refrain from such harmful practices. Smoking marijuana itself can also cause a variety of adverse health consequences. So, please consider quitting and don't hesitate to seek help for this, if you need to.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Wed, 20 Feb 2013
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Psychiatrist Dr. Ashish Mittal's  Response
welcome to Healthcare Magic.

Most probable cause of your symptoms like headache, chest pain and cough is poor filtering of marijuana and irritation of respiratory tract. Presence of infection and history of asthma may exacerbate the problem.

Marijuana use itself is harmful as it cause several psychological and physical problems. Apart from that smoking also have its known effect like cancer on long term use. So, it is better to stop marijuana use. If respiratory symptoms are severe, then you should meet physician.

Wish you all the best.

Dr Ashish Kumar Mittal
Answered: Wed, 20 Feb 2013
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