Marijuana Use Affects Patient Response To Anesthesia, Post-Surgery Recovery

After the legalization of marijuana in the state of Colorado there have been numerous studies related to the use of marijuana. One such study has hinted that marijuana usage can affect the response of a patient to anesthesia and recovery process after the surgery. The affects can be positive or negative depending on the history of the patient with the drug.

Another small study hinted a while back that marijuana users may have the need to be given twice or thrice the amount of sedatives given to an average person. This shows the development of resistance against sedatives among marijuana users. These studies have raised many questions that are still unanswered as marijuana is federally illegal in the U.S.A. which makes it is tough to get the funds and permission for studies related to the effect of marijuana.

Colorado is a perfect stage for these experiments as it was the first state to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes in 2000 and then for recreational purposes in 2014. There has been a drastic rise in the number of people using marijuana on a regular basis in the state.

Currently, no hospitals have a record of anesthesia usage for surgeries involving marijuana users which makes it tough to quantify the amount of anesthesia used. There are a lot of problems that can be caused by high anesthesia usage, like breathing problem during operation. Doctors have clarified that all they want is to provide people with the safest healthcare they can and hence it is very important for the patients to disclose their marijuana usage to the doctors.

The effects after the surgery are debatable as different observations have been found in different cases, like a Denver resident named Matthew had an operation to get his wisdom teeth removed. He preferred marijuana over the prescribed opioids and noted better results whereas doctors have seen that in some major cases like joint replacements, marijuana users have been seen using more opioids than non-marijuana users. These conflicting statements can only be explained by a proper study.


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