Is there any medical research or concrete knowledge that indicates that smoking marijuana after a liver transplant is injurious to the new/transplanted liver or detrimental in general to transplant patients?
While not medical Studies, the following is provided as related information.
From the web site " Marijuana.com" comes the following response to a question about the use of marijuana after a liver transplant:
While marijuana does not seem to harm a liver, I'd beg you to please just stay away from any drug until your body is strong and well-healed. You need to be concerned about Aspergillus (aspergillosis) mold specifically,in addition, smoking marijuana (or anything for that matter) regularly will put you at risk for developing respiratory infections (bronchitis, pneumonia, sinusitis, etc.) while you're immunosuppressed. You'll only have this one chance for a liver transplant, and in the end not smoking weed won't hurt your life, annoying as that may be that you choose not to smoke.
At least wait until you are healthy and strong, and then really watch how much you smoke.
Cooking will not kill mold, because mold creates "spores". Spores are little packets of mold genes, tightly bound in a hard shell that can literally last hundreds of years and then blossom again when growing conditions are met. No temperature that you can generate in a stove would possibly kill a spore.
From the Virginia Commonwealth University Post Liver Transplant Handbook (http://www.vcuhealth.org/upload/docs/Transplant/post_liver_booklet.pdf)
You should not smoke cigarettes, cigars, pipes or marijuana!!!! Smoking narrows your
blood vessels which can be harmful to your liver and kidneys. Smoking also makes you
predisposed to lung infections. Marijuana causes your levels for your anti-rejection
medications, i.e. Neoral and Prograf to be very low, which could lead to rejection.
Marijuana also grows a fungus, known as Aspergillus (aspergillosis), which has caused death in a
transplanted patient!!!!! Please take care of this gift!
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