Can You Smoke Marijuana Before/After Breast Augmentation
Medical marijuana provides ultimate relaxation effects. Researchers have found that it can help in treating a wide range of conditions such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, eating disorders, etc. Currently, the consumption of cannabis is allowed in 33 states, and you need a doctor signed medical marijuana card to access cannabis legally from state-licensed dispensaries.
However, cannabis consumers have questions about smoking the herb while taking medications or getting medical treatments such as breast augmentation.
Is it ok to use marijuana before or after the treatment?
Are there any risks associated with cannabis use?
Read on to learn more.
What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that involves increasing the size and shape of the breast. It’s usually done to restore the breast size lost after pregnancy or weight loss. This procedure can help achieve rounded breast shape, and enhancing the self-confidence of the patient.
A 2017 study by researchers at the University of Florida reported that breast augmentation helped women boost self-esteem and feelings about sexuality.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation was the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the country in 2018. The total number of surgeries reported was 313,735.
Breast Augmentation & Medical Marijuana Use
Before we discuss about the using cannabis during or after breast augmentation, it is important to learn the science behind the amazing plant. A marijuana plant contains over 100 cannabinoids, of which the two most important ones are THC and CBD. THC is a psychoactive compound (it delivers high feelings) while CBD is a non-psychoactive compound.
When you consume cannabis, the cannabinoids bind to the receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system, thus managing pain, regulating sleep and other functions.
When marijuana is combined with surgery or medical treatment, it may be dangerous. Thus, most of the professional surgeons suggest patients to avoid smoking the herb during or after the surgery.
Many smoke cannabis to get relaxed and reduce anxiety about the surgery. However, cannabinoids don’t have the same effects on everyone. It’s necessary to learn how your body responds to cannabinoids. Your surgeon and anesthesiologist need to know what’s happening inside your body to provide a safe, successful treatment. And, marijuana can make it difficult for them to analyze your condition, thus making their job difficult.
However, some surgeons say it’s safe to consume marijuana before any surgeries. According to them, it’s ok to consume marijuana in any form—smoking, eating or drinking. THC and CBD don’t have any negative effect on the body. Again, it depends on your condition.
After the surgery, the first priority of the patient is taking care of themselves and promoting faster healing. And, marijuana’s ability to reduce pain and relax muscles can provide positive effects. However, individuals who have never smoked cannabis can also benefit from the herb.
Major Risks Associated
Marijuana use can lead to several unpleasant risks to anyone recovering from breast augmentation procedure.
Some of the major ones are-
- Cannabis use can lead to a slower heart rate & lower blood pressure. Anesthesia is a depressant so is marijuana. Combining them can deliver unpredictable results.
- THC can affect the body’s cardiovascular and respiratory systems. It can reduce the amount of oxygen that reaches your cells, thus affecting the blood quality. This may affect the healing response.
- Smoking cannabis can have dangerous effects on the body like cigarette smoking. It causes coughing, which can lead to internal bleeding, contracture & implant malposition. However, those who smoke cannabis need the ventilator longer than non-cannabis users.
Many surgeons suggest patients not to smoke marijuana for three weeks before and after the surgery to avoid any problem. However, for patients who use cannabis edibles, it’s advisable not to use in combination with medications or during the surgery.
Be honest with your surgeon regarding cannabis smoking or other habits, and seek professional advice for what’s right for your condition.
Methods of Cannabis Consumption
There’s a wide range of methods of delivering cannabis to your body. How you consume cannabis is one of the major factors that influence its effects on your body.
Smoking is the most common method of consuming cannabis. You can smoke dried flowers using a pipe, joint, bong, etc. It delivers quick effects, which can last from one to three hours.
It involves heating cannabis to a temperature below its combustion point. Vaping can deliver effects within seconds of inhalation. It’s considered one of the healthiest ways of cannabis consumption.
Cannabis edibles are available in various forms such as chocolate, ice cream, pizza, candies, snacks, etc. Thus, you can eat marijuana-infused products, and experience effects in 4-6 hours. Usually, marijuana effects of this method last longer than other methods.
Tinctures can help you deliver cannabinoids directly to the bloodstream. They’re absorbed sublingually, and the full effects can be experienced in 20-30 minutes.
Topicals involve lotions, balms, and creams, which are absorbed into the skin. You can apply topicals directly to the affected areas to receive more focused therapeutic effects. Transdermal patches can deliver hours of relief.
Getting Legal Access to Medical Cannabis in Your State
As per federal regulations, cannabis is illegal. The DEA has listed it as a Schedule 1 Drug. Still, its medical use is legal in 33 US states. Patients interested in using marijuana for medical purposes need to obtain MMJ recommendation letters from licensed doctors.
With telemedicine services, getting a medical marijuana card has become a lot easier. You can apply for your card within a few minutes.
The process involves the following step-
- Sign up your account online
- Talk to a licensed doctor using HIPAA-compliant platform
- Receive your MMJ letter/get your MMJ card delivered to your home
Smoking cannabis provides lots of health benefits. It can help in relieving pain, reducing anxiety and promoting sleep. Combining cannabis with medications, medical treatments or cosmetic surgeries such as breast augmentation procedure can cause dangerous effects.
Always discuss your plastic surgeon your medical history and share information regarding cannabis use and other habits to ensure a safe treatment.