Study: Cannabis users may need more sedation for medical procedures

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A small scale study suggests people who use cannabis products regularly may need more sedation for medical procedures than people who don’t use cannabis.

The research, published online in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, reviewed medical records for 250 patients who underwent endoscopic procedures.

In measuring the amount of sedation given for the procedures, the researchers found those using cannabis needed nearly twice the amount of sedation than those who didn’t use cannabis.

“Determining cannabis use before procedural sedation can be an important tool for planning patient care and assessing both medication needs and possible risks related to increased dosage requirements during endoscopic procedures,” the authors of the study wrote. “To our knowledge, this is a previously unreported effect of cannabis, and the exact mechanism of the interaction is unknown.”

The researchers also said more investigation is needed on a larger scale to see if the results are consistent.

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