Do cannabis users require a different approach to medical care?
When it comes to sedation the answer may be yes.
That’s according to a new report in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
When it comes to undergoing medical procedures, the study found patients who regularly use marijuana may need two times the level of sedation required by non-users.
Researchers focused their study at one community hospital in Colorado.
They found that people who reported smoking or using edibles on a daily or weekly basis required more of these three most common sedation drugs.
20-percent more midazolam, 14-percent more fentanyl, and 220-percent more propofol than what’s needed to float into unconsciousness.
It was a small study, with just 25 cannabis users, so more research needs to be done.
But experts say the study highlights the need to ask patients about pot use saying it can be an effective tool for assessing medical needs and possible risks.
And that’s especially important with pot use increasing around the world.
According to a united nations report, marijuana use has increased 43-percent in the united states between 2007 and 2015.
Critics of the report say researchers should have controlled exact amounts of sedation and compared the effects instead of simply examining medical records and comparing whatever amount of sedation was used for each patient.