FAQ: Can I smoke and not block the Guaifenesin?
Quote from Dr St Amand,
“There’s a strong possibility that smoking could make guaifenesin partially or totally ineffective. It might merely depend on the crop’s potency, but we tell patients to be as pure as possible and avoid any substance they can’t safely validate, and this includes smoking. Obviously, smokeless tobacco doesn’t burn or destroy its salicylate content.”
Weed/pot would be a easier blocker as there is no filter and you often would handle it.
Here’s a couple quotes from Dr Congdon about Marijuana (July 16 2014):
“Dr. St. Amand and I discussed marijuana a couple of years ago. He told me that it theoretically could block guaifenesin as marijuana is an herbal product. And he said theoretically a person would have less chance of blocking if they ate the drug (you know as a cookie or brownie) as opposed to smoking it or using it as a tincture due to the liver’s ability to process salicylates after a food is eaten. So this is exactly what I tell my patients.I also tell them that I have never seen one of my patients block using marijuana (even if they smoke it or use it as a tincture), but remind them that every time they use an herbal extract they are at risk for blocking. Obviously with any possible blocker keeping use as low as possible is the goal. I have the advantage of mapping my patients frequently to tell if they are blocking. For those who cannot be mapped often I recommend they be even more careful with possible blockers.”
Please take note of what she said at the end there, cautioning everyone who isn’t being mapped esp! ~Christine
“Obviously with any possible blocker keeping use as low as possible is the goal. I have the advantage of mapping my patients frequently to tell if they are blocking. For those who cannot be mapped often I recommend they be even more careful with possible blockers.” ~Dr Melissa Congdon
I just got an additional quote from Dr Melissa Congdon MD Fibromyalgia Medicine for Children and Adults (July 20 2014)
“When handling any plant (such as marijuana) the oils from the plant may block you, so to avoid the oils you can have someone else handle the plant, use gloves, use tweezers, etc. I do not advocate the use of marijuana or any other drug (except guaifenesin!).The decision to use any drug or medication is one that all patients need to discuss with their primary care physicians or other physicians that help them with pain management. This information about blocking is applicable to handling any plant product.”
Best, Melissa Congdon, MD, FAAP
Fibromyalgia Medicine for Children & Adults
500 Tamal Plaza, Suite 507
Corte Madera, CA 94925
PH: (415) 927-0600
FAX: (415) 381-8892″
FYI: Apparently there have been studies done that say that smokers have more pain and circulatory issues than others, so that is something to consider if you have big pain you have to deal with!
See whole list of FAQ about the Guaifenesin Protocol and Salicylates