Recovering from surgery can take days, weeks, and sometimes months depending on the severity of the operation. Recovery requires plenty of rest and medications to prevent post-surgical infections or risks to the body. Unlike hospital administered medications, CBD is a natural remedy that can be used to recover from surgical procedures.
One of CBD’s primary benefits is its ability to reduce feelings of anxiety. According to a medical study on tooth extractions, dental phobia is a very real condition that can be treated with controlled doses of CBD oil. Medical experts recommend small doses of CBD oil the night before and the morning of a tooth extraction procedure to help patients get healthy amounts of sleep, and to reduce their anxiousness about the procedure.
How does CBD work?
A growing number of experts in the medical community believe that CBD could be the ideal therapy to help patients prepare for and recover from chemotherapy. Doctors suggest that CBD has the ability to co-exist with the drugs from chemotherapy without disrupting the effects or impact on the patient.
Before surgery is deemed necessary, patients typically undergo at least one MRI to identify any patterns in the brainwaves that could threaten the patient’s health in the event of a surgical procedure. Seizures are not uncommon side effects of an MRI, but a recent study suggests CBD can help mitigate those symptoms.
Surgery is a very serious invasive medical procedure, but it’s a necessary one when the situation calls for such a treatment. Recovery from surgery can be a very long and painful process, yet CBD oil can minimize those painful aftereffects so that happier and healthier lives can be restored. CBD before and after surgery has its advantages.
I encourage patients not to smoke anything before a procedure. Many patients falsely believe that smoking marijuana is a safer choice than cigarettes, which is not true—particularly when it comes to surgery. Smoke of any kind in the lungs can lead to respiratory distress, and marijuana itself can interfere with anesthesia, leading to a higher risk of pneumonia after surgery and a higher risk of airway emergencies. Much like nicotine, smoking marijuana before or after surgery delays the healing process and causes poor scarring of your surgical sites. If you live somewhere where marijuana is legal, edibles are a better choice for eliminating the respiratory problems, however, be sure not to eat past the allowed time before surgery.
CBD is considered to be generally safe by many, but the popularity of the product has far surpassed current regulation. Unregulated, synthetic products should be avoided entirely and even regulated CBD should not be taken immediately before or after surgery.
We have an incomplete understanding of how CBD interacts with other medications and how it may impact our body systems, but research has found that it has an anticoagulant effect, which puts patients at risk for increased bleeding during and after surgery. Abundant or easy bleeding after surgery can result in the need to return for another, unanticipated surgery to correct the bleeding problems, asymmetry, and tissue death after surgery.
Can I smoke weed before surgery?
I have recently had some patients ask about using CBD oil before and after elective surgery, and I want to clear a few things up to ensure that patients have a safe surgery and recovery.
CBD products also have a potent reaction with an enzyme system in the liver that can prevent other medications—such as anesthesia medications or prescription pain killers—from using the same system, leading to a build-up in your system and preventing the medications from doing their job.
CBD is used widely in the self-management of pain and anxiety, so many patients wonder if they can ingest CBD oil drops or tinctures before their cosmetic procedure and during their recovery. CBD products should not be taken in the days before or after surgery.
Just as I ask patients to stop taking herbal supplements, vitamins, and nicotine (and even seemingly harmless beverages like green tea) to ensure there are no problems with anesthesia or increased bleeding, CBD products should be stopped two weeks prior to surgery.