What Marijuana Users Should Know Before Surgery

Marijuana use is on the rise. For instance, recreational marijuana sales in Maine almost doubled from $82 million in 2021 to $159 million in 2022. Another study predicts Maryland marijuana sales will reach $1 billion in the next two years.

If you, a friend, co-worker, or loved one use marijuana, it’s vital to disclose marijuana use to an anesthesiologist prior to surgery. This is especially true if marijuana use is often or heavy.

Marijuana can affect how the cardiac system responds during surgery, which can lead to complications such as cardiac arrest. Marijuana’s effect on pain receptors can also leave the patient in more pain than normal after the surgery.

Other complications during or after surgery include:

  • More anesthesia to fall asleep
  • More anesthesia to stay asleep
  • Increased agitation during recovery
  • Confusion post-surgery
  • Palpitations
  • Panic attacks

If possible, speak with your anesthesiologist before your surgery and honestly disclose your marijuana use. Concealing your marijuana use could be detrimental to your surgery outcomes and recovery!

If you notice an employee is especially agitated or in pain after surgery, recommend they speak with their doctor. This is especially true if your employee uses recreational marijuana; however, the employee could be at risk for developing a drug addiction to ease their physical pain or mental overload.

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