Not only are more patients using cannabis, but more are also now willing to admit cannabis use than in the past, which increases the likelihood that they will be forthcoming when questioned by a medical professional.
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. Regular cannabis users require up to 220% higher dosage for sedation in medical procedures: Physicians concerned over possible rise in adverse side effects. "Regular cannabis users require up to 220% higher dosage for sedation in medical procedures: Physicians concerned over possible rise in adverse side effects." Science Daily. Since the first states legalized recreational marijuana in 2012, several others have joined them, and cannabis-infused edibles, including gummy bears, cookies and chocolates, have flooded the market. A Canadian research team has completed a national multicenter study looking at the safety of medical cannabis use among patients suffering from chronic pain. Use of computer-assisted propofol sedation for routine upper endoscopy and colonoscopy reduced recovery room time by almost 20 percent, according to a new study.
Sometimes another similar drug that is easier to gradually withdraw is substituted.
Even with the best treatment, people may not feel normal for a month or more.
This reminder follows a report received by the Centre for Adverse Reactions Monitoring (CARM) concerning a three-year-old child who was given chlorphenamine for a lower respiratory tract infection and experienced a serious neurological disorder.
He also says that colleagues in anesthesiology have noted patients requiring much higher dosages for general anesthesia and higher rates of post-op seizures. 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.
As more states legalize medical and recreational cannabis, there is also greater potential for meaningful data collection.