According to guidelines released by the American Society of Regional Anesthesia (ASRA) and Pain Medicine, patients undergoing procedures requiring anesthesia should be asked about cannabis use.

“Before surgery, anesthesiologists should ask patients if they use cannabis — whether medicinally or recreationally — and be prepared to possibly change the anesthesia plan or delay the procedure in certain situations,” said Samer Narouze, M.D., Ph.D., senior author and ASRA Pain Medicine president.

The guidelines recommend anesthesiologists screen all patients for marijuana use, including asking about the type of cannabis product they use as well as how, the amount, how recently and how often.

First U.S.-Based Guidelines On Perioperative Management Of Cannabis

The first-ever U.S. guidelines were developed in response to the increased use of cannabis over the last two decades and concerns that it can potentially interact with anesthesia and lead to …

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