I looked up the adverse reactions for Marinol (i.e. medical marijuana) and here are the side effects:
"ADVERSE REACTIONS SIGNIFICANT
Central nervous system: Drowsiness (48%), sedation (53%), confusion (30%), dizziness (21%), detachment, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, mood change
Gastrointestinal: Appetite increased (when used as an antiemetic), xerostomia (38% to 50%)
1% to 10%:
Cardiovascular: Orthostatic hypotension, tachycardia
Central nervous system: Ataxia (4%), depression (7%), headache, vertigo, hallucinations (5%), memory lapse (4%)
Neuromuscular & skeletal: Paresthesia, weakness
<1% (Limited to important or life-threatening): Diaphoresis, diarrhea, myalgia, nightmares, syncope, tinnitus"
It does not specifically list increased liver enzymes as a side effect, however, since it is metabolized by the liver there is a possibility that extensive use can increase liver enzymes.
Followup with your personal physician is essential.
This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.
I looked in the Physicians Desk Reference under Marinol (Medical Marijuana) and found one side effect under Digestive system to be "Increased Hepatic Enzymes". They would explain your increase in you ALT and AST. And you had to pay for this question? The person who answered it for you found the answer for free.
Thank you so much for your insightful answer. You're right, but i never considered looking in the PDR, i preferred to look for papers published in medline, but those are usually based on designed studies and especially with a substance like that, the studies are few and far between. I should have known better. I hope thats it. Thanks a million.
Just wanted to let anyone who cares know that i just got my results back after abstaining for 30 days and things look like they are back to normal. My AST/ALT is 32/80. A very big change from 60/120 and 230/277 that i had while I was chronically abusing. All other tests were negative including ultrasound, all Heps, Wilsons etc. This is something that should be recognized by the medical community. When I first told my doctor he was skeptical that it could be drug related, as was the doctor on this board. However, it appears that this is an underrecognized aspect of chronic marijuana use and should be considered as a source of LFT elevation. Thank you to all on this board, I dont know how i would have gotten through all of this without you. Thanks.