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weed's effects on the pill - April 5th 2012, 06:26 PM

Hey guys!
So I have a question about the effects of weed on birth control. I know on the warnings it says that you shouldn't smoke while on the pill because it increases your risk for blood clots and heart attacks. But I was wondering if same goes for marijuana. Does weed up these chances just like smoking tobacco? Does it decrease the effectiveness of the pill? I know no one here is a doctor (and I plan on asking mine when I meet with him) but I was wondering if anyone had heard anything on this topic and could fill me in

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Re: weed's effects on the pill - April 5th 2012, 06:30 PM

I'm unaware of pot effecting either the efficacy of oral contraceptives, or of increased stroke or blood clotting risks.

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Re: weed's effects on the pill - April 9th 2012, 03:22 AM

As Dr.Bobby said, there is nothing really said about it anywhere. Now, for the science behind it, let me explain why it applies for cigarettes, but not marijuana.

Basically, what makes cigarettes more harmful, over anything else, is the ingredients in them. Tar, for one, is why smoking a cigarette, despite the filter, is worse for your lungs than smoking marijuana. These harmful ingredients, added into the cigarettes (and the naturally-occurring ones too) make cigarettes bad for the whole body.

To summarize, the increased risk of clots and strokes isn't because of smoke itself, but because of ingredients in tobacco products, that don't exist in marijuana. So, safe to assume the same side vascular effects won't be present with marijuana smoke that would be with tobacco smoke.

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Re: weed's effects on the pill - April 9th 2012, 11:41 AM

The others have it right I think. I've never heard of marijuana decreasing the pill's effectiveness and as far as I can remember being on the pill doesn't affect marijuana's effectiveness either :P

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