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Can medical marijuana be smoked with a vaporizer while having stents in heart?

Hi my friend had 3 stents placed in his heart after a heart attack. He actually died for 3 minutes. The medical staff brought him back. My question is he enjoys smoking marijuana. He actually has smoked it for probably 40 yrs. the last 5 yrs he has smoked it with a vaporizer. Is that a better way to smoke for his health? I worry about his heart . I live in Washington state where there is medicinal marijuana. My friend has his marijuana card. I have heard pros and cons about it. Thank u for ur answer.
Wed, 16 Dec 2015
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hi
In my opinion he must be switched over to medicinal marijuana if been addicted for so long , and gradually weaned off vaporiser. Then after a few days tapering the medicinal one also and switching him to neltrexone, if a drug de-addiction doctor is consulted as well and agrees to naltrexone as de-addiction.Luckily, stents would keep him in good shape provided he follows cardiologist and drug addiction reliever doctor.For stents, he must have been advised few medicines like beta blocker,ace inhibitor and anti-platelets group of medicines which he has to take till cardiologist advises ,fora long time, this heart doctor should be periodically cosulted and also told of marijuana addiction
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Can medical marijuana be smoked with a vaporizer while having stents in heart?

hi In my opinion he must be switched over to medicinal marijuana if been addicted for so long , and gradually weaned off vaporiser. Then after a few days tapering the medicinal one also and switching him to neltrexone, if a drug de-addiction doctor is consulted as well and agrees to naltrexone as de-addiction.Luckily, stents would keep him in good shape provided he follows cardiologist and drug addiction reliever doctor.For stents, he must have been advised few medicines like beta blocker,ace inhibitor and anti-platelets group of medicines which he has to take till cardiologist advises ,fora long time, this heart doctor should be periodically cosulted and also told of marijuana addiction thanks