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My 18 year old son has been doing a form of Marijuana

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Hello, My 18 year old son has been doing a form of Marijuana commonly known as "Dabbing" It is concentrated THC from the plant... He has stopped and has a good bit of anxiety. He has 2 Questions. How long will his Lethargy and Anxiety last? And, more importantly he needs to have somebody ease his mind about the long term effects of using. Remember, he has only used for about 6 months. They use Butane to melt the THC but it is 3 times concentrated so it is pretty safe. The whole butane thing has got him extremely anxious. I need to have you ease his mind a little. He thinks he is going to get Cancer from just the 6 months of use. I think his anxiety has a lot to do with stopping in the last week. Thank you so much for your attention in this matter
Jeff Leingang
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


The probability is that , if is anxiety is from not having marajuana, it will be out of his system in three months.

I see no increased risk of cancer for this limited use of butane.

If he was self medicating for anxiety, then his anxiety is going to need to be treated. In fact, treating it would be good in either case.

Long term effects of THC are not established well in terms of negative problems, other than the possibility of cognitive dysfunction on certain tests, but this appears to reverse with non use, over time.

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