Weed Smokers Require More Anesthesia Than Non-Smokers, Study Says

Weed Smokers Require More Anesthesia Than Non-Smokers, Study Says

A new study found that Weed Smokers required more anaesthesia when undergoing surgeries than non-consumers.

The study, which came from Grand Junction, Colorado’s Community Hospital, compared the required amounts of the drugs fentanyl, midazolam, and propofol to properly sedate 250 endoscopic colonoscopy patients.

Researchers found that patients who smoked weed(Weed Smokers) or ate cannabis infused-edibles regularly “required 14 percent more fentanyl, 20 percent more midazolam, and 220 percent more propofol,” reported CNN.

To our knowledge, this is a previously unreported effect of cannabis, the study’s authors wrote, and the exact mechanism of the interaction is unknown.

The findings could help anesthesiologists devise safer, more effective doses of anaesthesia for Weed Smokers. Sedative drugs, especially at higher doses, can cause complications during surgeries, including an increased risk of a heart attack.

One anesthesiologist interviewed by CNN remained sceptical of the study’s findings. Out of the 250 patients assessed, only 25 reported they were cannabis consumers. That sample size was too small, said Dr Roderic Eckenhoff, who was not involved in the Colorado study.

I would consider this a pilot study that maybe somebody should pick up on and do a complete trial, Eckenhoff told CNN.

He also stated that the study’s data conflicted with previous research.

Even if you give someone propofol for a long time, they get a little tolerant to it, but not by 200 per cent,” Ekenhoff continued, saying it was possible, but he’d be surprised if that held up in a more significant study.

According to a 2018 review paper on cannabis use and anaesthesia, at least 14 per cent of surgery patients have reported that they regularly consume marijuana.

Cannabis, particularly the THC-rich varieties, can help manage chronic pain and induce sleepiness, which could affect the relative potencies of sedation drugs.

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