People who use cannabis may experience more pain after surgery

People who use cannabis may experience more pain after surgery

A study of nearly 35,000 people who underwent various surgeries found that those who used cannabis in the month prior reported higher pain levels after their procedures



Health



23 October 2022

By Grace Wade

Focus on the hand of a patient in hospital ward;

People who used cannabis the month before a surgical procedure had higher pain levels afterwards

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People who use cannabis within a month before surgery experience greater pain after the operation than those who didn’t.

Half of US adults have used marijuana, and 37 US states have now legalised medical marijuana. Given its widespread use, and the fact that cannabis with high amounts of the psychoactive compound THC has been shown to provide some pain relief, researchers wanted to understand how it could affect the experience of pain after surgery. …

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