‘Will cannabis usage during the week before surgery help or hurt me?’

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This is the first of a two-part series in which Meredith Fisher-Corn, MD, recommends questions one must ask their healthcare provider when it comes to cannabis.   In October 2018, the Canadian federal government legalized the use of cannabis for both medicinal and recreational purposes, and you may be one of the millions of Canadians who utilize cannabis or are considering it. So, do you actually need to talk to your doctor and other healthcare providers about cannabis? YES! In order to best manage a patient’s medical care, clinicians need to know about all medicinal and recreational drugs a patient is utilizing, including cannabis. Considering that the Canadian government has legalized cannabis use, view cannabis in the same fashion as you view any other legalized medications. Women who use cannabis could have more difficulty conceiving: U.S. study More centres for psychedelic research are coming to America Over half of people using medical cannabis to combat chronic pain had withdrawal symptoms: study   Not sure how to start the conversation? Here are some questions (with the answers) you may want to discuss with your doctors, pharmacist, nurse and other healthcare providers. Does it matter if I smoke, vape, or ingest cannabis… aren’t the effects the same? The effects of cannabis are, in part, dependent upon the way in which it is consumed. When cannabis is smoked or vaporized, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), as well as many other components of the cannabis plant are inhaled and quickly pass from the lungs into the bloodstream and readily cross the blood-brain barrier. Psychoactive effects appear within seconds to a few minutes of inhalation, typically reach a maximum after 15-30 minutes, and taper off within two to three hours. In contrast to vaporizing, smoking cannabis is associated with several negative aspects, including increased pulmonary…

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