Beyond the Clouds: Anesthesia for Cannabis Enthusiasts

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The intersection of cannabis use, vaping and anesthesia is a topic that’s sparking conversations in operating rooms and beyond. With marijuana legalization spreading across the globe and vaping gaining popularity, it’s crucial for healthcare providers and patients alike to understand how these factors can impact the surgical experience. In this episode, we’ll explore this topic and share the considerations CRNAs need to make when dealing with cannabis users.

From the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of cannabis to the clinical considerations for patients who vape marijuana, we’ll explore it all. We’ll discuss recent clinical findings, guidelines for safe anesthetic management, and practical tips for navigating surgery in a cannabis world.

Whether you’re a seasoned healthcare professional or a curious listener, join us as we uncover the essential insights needed to ensure safe and effective anesthesia in the age of marijuana.


Here’s some of what we discuss in this episode:

  • The science behind how cannabis interacts with our bodies.
  • The physiological effects of cannabis use.
  • A breakdown of vaping and what it means for those heading into surgery.
  • How it impacts the postoperative period.



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