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Addicted to weed. Tried to quit. Having phlegmatic cough and heart palpitations. Reason?

Hi, just after some re-assurance, I was addicted to weed from around 11 years to 24 years, i quit totally about 3-4 months but still have a phlegmatic caugh and more worryingly I get heart palpitations daily, not after and exercise just when I'm getting ready and stuff. Do you think it is just because I've come of a long term habit?
Asked On : Sat, 6 Apr 2013
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welcome to Healthcare Magic.

Weed contain cannabis. Usually it is used by smoking. Long term smoking damages lung, which can lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD commonly present as productive cough most of the days in year.

Cannabis also affect immediate and long term psychological health. Palpitation may be due to anxiety in your case. But same time it is better to seek evaluation to rule out thyroid and cardiac related causes of palpitation.

You should seek consultation for current symptoms from general physician. If no cause is found for palpitation, you may consult psychiatrist to rule out anxiety in your case.

Wish you all the best.

Dr Ashish Kumar Mittal
Answered: Sat, 6 Apr 2013
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