Regular Cannabis Users Require Twice as Much Sedation for Medical Process

Cannabis Need More Sedatives for Medical Procedures

Cannabis Need More Sedatives for Medical Procedures

Dr. Roderic Eckenhoff, a professor of anesthesia at the University of Pennsylvania who agreed that a much more robust study would be needed to draw concrete conclusions, noted that self-reporting of recreational drug use also makes studies like these hard. In the case of Propofol, for example, may be more than three times the dose needed, when people take on a daily or weekly marijuana or other hemp products.

Scientists examined the medical records of 250 patients who had endoscopic procedures after 2012. Twardoski stated that there simply isn't enough data to fully understand whether there is a safe dose of cannabis and that patients need to be honest with their physicians before any procedure.

They looked at two other anaesthetic drugs and found that patients required 14 per cent more fentanyl and 20 per cent more midazolam to achieve optimum sedation for routine procedures, including colonoscopies.

He also said that colleagues in anesthesiology have found that cannabis users require much higher dosages of drugs to send them to sleep and have higher rates of seizures after their operation. An estimated 13.5% of the adult population used cannabis during this period, with the greatest increase recorded among people 26 and older, according to the study. "That becomes particularly unsafe when suppressed respiratory function is a known side effect".

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"Most probably, the number of patients which require increased dosages of anesthetics because of recreational and /or medical use of cannabis will increase due to the legalization of medical or recreational marijuana", Hauser, who wasn't involved in the study, said by email. The researchers also observed that the use of cannabis during consumption is a significant tool that helps in taking care of patients during endoscopic procedures by evaluating possible risks and medication needs. "We're seeing some problematic trends anecdotally, and there is virtually no formal data to provide a sense of scale or suggest any evidence-based protocols".

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"There is only a problem if patients do not tell their doctors that they are consuming cannabis and if doctors do not know the consequences of cannabis use for anesthesia", said Dr. Winfried Hauser of Klinikum Saarbrucken in Germany.

Adding specific questions regarding cannabis use to patient intake forms is the first step to acquiring useful information that influences patient care, according to researchers. Twardowski said, "This study really marks a small first step". The same team is already planning a follow-up study tackling the different requirements for sedation and anesthesia and post-procedure pain management of users and non-users of cannabis.

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