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Acute subdural hematoma, advised against drinking till the blood flow fades away. Can I take marijuana?

hi i received an acute subdural hematoma about 5 months ago, the doctors told me the blood flow should fade away and that i should stop drinking alcohol entirely. I have not had a drink since my accident, but i was wondering would there be effects if i decide to drink alcohol again? and if the use of marijuana has any side effects if consumed ?
Thu, 18 Jul 2013
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marijuana use in any form is shown to cause altered mental status to frank psychosis like state. Adolescent & young adults are more prone for this particular side effect. Secondly marijuana acts on completely different set of receptors than alcohol. Hence it may not be a good substitute for alcohol & could rather induce state for a naive/first time user. Hence given your head injury & other factors, smoking marijuana is not advisable
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