I have liver cirrhosis and when I became ill, my doctor prescribed Marinol for weight gain. I had lost 85 lbs and gained 30 pounds with this treatment. My doctor discontinued the Marinol and my weight decreased. I am 6'2" tall and am considering smoking marijuana to achieve the weight gain I am comfortable with. Will this method injure my liver further or have no real effects to it? I have never tried the smoking method but would be willing to if it would help me gain weight and not affect my liver. Please help!
Not all centers consider marijuana an automatic disqualification - about 70% do.
How the other 30% factor pot use into liver transplant eligibility probably varies somewhat from center to center.
When I was transplanted in June 2000 I asked about pot smoking and the transplant surgeon told me that they had never denied a liver because of pot. Perhaps my center has changed its policy but I wouldn't be surprised if it hasn't. Regardless I am not suggesting or encouraging marijuana use - I'm just trying to present accurate information.
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