Why you absolutely need to tell your surgeon if you smoke weed
One day in 2016, Jennie awoke to sharp pain and a tugging sensation on the left side of her jaw — "like my jaw was being pulled off my head," she recalls — along with the firm pressure of hands holding her mouth agape. She opened her eyes just enough to see human silhouettes hovering over her. Her body felt heavy, but also like it was floating; she tried to lift her arms, but all she could do was wriggle. What was going on? she wondered, scared.
“She’s waking up,” a male voice said. It was around then that Jennie remembered: She was in the dentist’s office, getting her wisdom teeth pulled. She must have awoken during the procedure. Almost as soon as she realized what was happening, the anesthesia pulled her back into sleep.
Jennie had been smoking weed at least once a day for the past four years. She smoked with her fiancé the day of her wisdom tooth extraction. “I had no idea it was going to affect the anesthesia,” says the 35-year-old, who lives in Arizona. (She requested that Mic publish only her first name out of concern for the legal repercussions of her weed use, since Arizona prohibits recreational cannabis.) Indeed, as legalization sweeps across the country, evidence has emerged that regular marijuana users need more anesthesia for surgery than non-users to ensure they become, and stay, sedated and don't awaken mid-procedure. In plain, very urgent, English: If you consume cannabis on the reg, you need to let your doctor know before you go under for surgery.
Along with anecdotal reports, a 2019 study found that patients who reported smoking weed or ingesting edibles on a daily or weekly basis needed more than double the amount of the anesthetic propofol for endoscopic procedures (like colonoscopies) than non-users. They also needed 19.6% more midazolam and 14% more fentanyl.
Why marijuana increases your need for anesthesia remains unclear, largely because of its status as a federally illegal drug, which makes it difficult to research, Jeffrey Uppington, an anesthesiologist at UC Davis Medical Center, tells Mic. It’s possible that compounds in weed called cannabinoids — which tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, which is responsible for making you feel high) — affect the same receptors in the brain and spinal cord as anesthesia drugs do.
But, “that’s more speculation than we really know,” Uppington says. “The bottom line is, if you’re a chronic user of marijuana, you are more resistant to anesthetics, both those that put you to sleep, like propofol, and those that keep you asleep, like various anesthesia gases.”
Thanks to modern-day monitors that measure brain waves and other vitals, an anesthesiologist can likely spot when a patient is about to awaken and give them more drugs before they reach that point, Uppington says. But even if you don’t wake up during a procedure, you can still have issues. If you routinely smoke weed, your airway might be more reactive during anesthesia. You might cough more, experience bronchial spasms, and/or have a more active gag reflex, which is a problem if you need to be intubated, as with general anesthesia (the kind that puts you to sleep).
"If you’re a chronic user of marijuana, you are more resistant to anesthetics, both those that put you to sleep, like propofol, and those that keep you asleep, like various anesthesia gases."
After surgery, you might also experience more pain, which may nudge you toward using more opioids and increase your risk of addiction to these substances, says David Hepner, the medical director of the Weiner Center for Preoperative Evaluation at Brigham and Women's Hospital and an associate professor of anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School.
High doses of anesthesia also carry risks, such as causing significant drops in blood pressure, which may lead to a heart attack in at-risk patients, They may also delay awakening, Hepner tells Mic. For instance, propofol usually wears off in about five to 10 minutes but a marijuana user who requires a higher dose may take longer to awaken, delaying them from resuming their normal, day-to-day life.
Jennie’s wisdom tooth extraction left her so groggy that she needed to be transported to her car by wheelchair, and she doesn’t remember anything from the 45-minute ride home. As her fiancé drove, she drifted in and out of sleep, and didn’t feel like herself again for another three hours. In contrast, a friend she drove home after a dental procedure was a little groggy, but could walk to his car and felt fine when he got home, probably because he wasn't a cannabis user, and therefore didn't require as much anesthesia.
The amount of cannabis you need to consume for it increase your resistance to anesthesia remains unclear, though. Determining this threshold is tricky, thanks to the varying concentrations of THC from one product to the next, how long you hold the smoke in your lungs, and the many other variables involved, Uppington says. But it’s probably safe to say that using cannabis every day for a few years is more likely to affect your response to anesthesia than using it just once.
If you do smoke cannabis regularly, tell your anesthesiologist how much and how often, as well as the last time you smoked, Uppington says. They can then assess whether your use could increase your risk of being resistant to anesthesia and make adjustments accordingly.
While disclosing your weed use may feel embarrassing or even dangerous, remember that your doctor’s job isn’t to judge you, Hepner says. “We just want to understand the health of the patient and how the body may react to different medications to give them the most pain-free procedure.” He adds that it’s also important to mention any other substances or medications you’re taking, since they, too, may react with the anesthesia. Since physicians take an oath to protect patient confidentiality, they wouldn’t disclose your use of cannabis or other substances to your family, law enforcement, or anyone other than the medical professionals directly involved in your care.
No matter how often you consume cannabis, though, don’t use it at all on the day of your procedure, Hepner says. Taking an edible on the same day poses the added risk of inhaling it, which may result in a life-threatening lung infection called aspiration pneumonia. And if you come into the clinic high AF, you can pretty much count on your surgery being cancelled. Uppington recommends hitting pause for as many days as you can before your surgery, ideally a month, which is how long it takes for cannabis to be fully removed from the body.
Awakening mid-wisdom tooth extraction was eye-opening for Jennie. Since her doctor didn’t ask her specifically about her drug use, and she didn’t think smoking weed wouldn't matter for her surgery, she didn’t mention it; in fact, she worried that if she did, she wouldn’t be allowed to undergo the procedure. “In the future, I would definitely inform my doctor of my cannabis use,” she says.
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How long should I wait to smoke after getting my upper wisdom teeth removed?
Do you know how long I should wait, or what would be the best way for me to smoke without getting dry sockets? I'm only slightly swollen today and off painkillers. Also, if I smoke before the operation to calm my nerves, will it affect the anesthesia?
I know from experience that wisdom teeth removal can be a painful experience! Great care must be taken with oral hygiene to aide the healing process and to avoid the "dry sockets" you mentioned. Be careful with alcohol based tinctures (they can be irritating), and with anything you put into your mouth during the healing process. The "cotton-mouth" that many people experience with cannabis may also have some detrimental effects, so be sure to maintain an adequate moisture level in your mouth. I might suggest using a vaporizer (with pursed lips you should be able to avoid excessive vapor coming into contact with the healing tissue), or an infused honey, or easily ingested liquid/drink. Although not yet a reality, cannabis may soon be administered as a vapor through a nasal canula.
My husband just had 1 of his wisdom teeth pulled and he used 1/4 (12.5mg) of the Trokie CBD 50mg lozenge, once or twice a day. He placed a 1/4 of the lozenge between his upper gums and cheek (called buccal absorption) where the tooth was pulled. Not only did the pain melt away in about 30 minutes, but the CBD also has a natural numbing effect. The buccal absorption allows for most of the medicine to get absorbed right into the blood stream, missing the first pass metabolism of the Liver, so you end up getting more of the active ingredient CBD.
I think it would help you greatly but to stop pain and calm your fear. You should start ahead of time if possible but if not possible use a vape pen of AC/DC, Harlequin or Cannatonic. Why do we have pain, anxiety and fear? Because we imagine the worst, so stop that. Let your wisdom teeth go, don't fight to hold them in, imagine that your teeth are sitting in soft butter and they slide right out. If you think a little buzz will help you be sure to have someone drive you to and from the dental office and use a CBD: THC @ 2:1 OR 1:1. You might be on larger doses of CBD at bedtime just stop all the inflammation and support your immune system and calm your fears. Don't imagine the worst, Imagine that you made it through in five minutes and everything went perfect and easy and I likely will happen that way. Do not mentally resist the procedure but if you realize that you are resisting maybe you shouldn't have it done. Any time we resist what our body is trying to communicate to us we will experience more anxiety, which leads to fear, which translates to pain. Have that talk with yourself, do you really want to have this done? If is yes, be happy you're having it done and let it occur easily. You have much more control than you know but do not do high doses of THC like Sativa because you can flip yourself out with anxiety on Sativa or hi THC. Stick with CBD since it will help stop pain, inflammation & anxiety.
The general rules is to wait at least five days after your procedure. Patients undergoing oral surgery are advised to avoid smoking (whether of cigarettes or cannabis) because the sucking action can dislodge the blood clot that forms over the surgery site and lead to dry socket. Dry socket is an infection that can occur in the empty tooth socket, leaving the the nerve and bone exposed to air, food, and bacteria in your mouth. It is extremely painful (I experienced it firsthand and can attest to this!) and typically involves an emergency trip to your oral surgeon to have the site flushed, and then a course of antibiotics, and prescription pain killers as needed. Smoking also decreases blood flow to the gums, which slows the healing process.
Finally, the dry mouth you experience when smoking cannabis is something that negatively impacts your gum health. A recent study in New Zealand examined habitual cannabis smokers over a 20 year period and found that the one risk of this behavior was an increased rate of gum disease, regardless of hygiene, and other socio-demographic factors. Researchers believe that one reason for this is the lack of saliva to flush out bacteria from the gum tissues. When you do resume smoking cannabis after your post-surgical hiatus, make sure you are drinking lots of fluids to compensate for decreased saliva production.
Hi! I recently had my upper wisdom teeth removed and I was very honest with my dentist regarding my cannabis consumption.
He informed me that healing time varies by each patient, but typically you want to avoid smoking (cannabis or tobacco) from 7-14 days to prevent bacteria or opening of the wounds. It is also important to keep your mouth moisturized to prevent dry sockets, so avoid smoking to prevent "cotton mouth"!
My dentist also informed me that alternatives to smoking cannabis - edibles, patches, and tinctures - should not impact the healing process. Transdermal patches can be used for pain relief and are not consumed orally. Tinctures can be easily ingested by placing a few drops under your tongue. Personally, to tame my wisdom teeth pain, I found relief with drinkable edibles! Smoking is my preferred method of marijuana consumption, but to avoid issues with my extraction, I would enjoy cannabis-infused lemonade in the day, and cannabis tea in the evening to help me sleep. If you decide to use edibles, you'll want to avoid anything hard or sticky, as chewing will be difficult for the first week or so. That said, if you decide to use an edible or tincture after wisdom teeth removal, make sure you remember to rinse your mouth with warm water and salt to prevent an infection.
As for consuming cannabis PRIOR to your wisdom teeth surgery, please avoid smoking as increased production of stupum could occur making your surgery more difficult.
Hope this information helps!
This is a very good question! Due to the seriousness of the situation, it is best to be cautious when combining any cannabinoid with local anesthesia. Definitely consult a doctor! There are a few articles online that talk about cannabis building a tolerance to anesthesia for a patient, not something you want happening during surgery. While established practices for cannabis and general anesthesia are not in place yet, other people have asked similar questions. Take a look here
- I know from experience that wisdom teeth removal can be a painful experience! Great care must be taken with oral hygiene to aid the healing process and to avoid the “dry sockets” you mentioned. Dry socket is a painful dental condition that sometimes happens when a tooth, including a wisdom tooth, is extracted. It occurs when the blood clot at the site of the tooth extraction fails to develop properly, or is dislodged before the wound is healed.
After a wisdom tooth extraction, you might be tempted to reach for some cannabis to smoke to relieve the pain. But generally dentists recommend you don’t smoke tobacco or cannabis right after surgery, waiting a minimum of 72 hours before partaking.
One dentistry site recommends waiting as long as possible before smoking because it can “have a direct negative effect on the healing process after an invasive tooth extraction. It can even slow down healing by pushing you back to the beginning of the healing cycle.”
The general rule is to wait at least five days after your procedure. Patients undergoing oral surgery are advised to avoid smoking (whether of cigarettes or cannabis) because the sucking action can dislodge the blood clot that forms over the surgery site and lead to dry socket.
Also be careful with alcohol-based tinctures (they can be irritating), and with anything you put into your mouth during the healing process.
Even so, some cannabis oils could play a role in the healing process, reducing pain and inflammation.
Inflammation is just your body’s immunity defense, protecting it against harmful stimuli and enabling the healing process to begin. Both cannabidiol (CBD) and the terpene beta-caryophyllene may play a role in reducing inflammation, whether it is a short-term condition, like a wisdom tooth extraction, or a recurring, chronic condition.
The "cotton mouth" that many people experience with cannabis may also have some detrimental effects, so be sure to maintain an adequate moisture level in your mouth. I might suggest using a vaporizer (with pursed lips you should be able to avoid excessive vapor coming into contact with the healing tissue), or an infused honey, or easily ingested liquid/drink.
As far as smoking before getting anesthesia to calm your nerves, I’m glad it worked out for you. But generally speaking, you should care before mixing marijuana and anesthetic. You should definitely consult a doctor! There are a few articles online that talk about cannabis building a tolerance to anesthesia for a patient, not something you want happening during surgery.
In fact, in one tiny study of Colorado patients researchers found that marijuana users required more than three times the amount of one common sedation medicine, propofol, as did nonusers.
Established practices for cannabis and general anesthesia are not in place yet, so lots of other people have asked similar questions. So proceed with care.
Can You Smoke Weed After Getting Wisdom Teeth Pulled?
What You Need To Know About Weed Smoking and Oral Surgery
So you’re getting those pesky wisdom teeth out. Maybe they’re impacted or maybe they’re only partially erupted and causing you problems. All I can say is better you than me!
However, whether you only occasionally smoke weed or you’re a regular user, your experience will go a whole lot smoother if you give it up for at least a while after your surgery.
Trust me on this one.
What’s The Problem With Smoking Weed After Tooth Extraction?
There are a number of reasons why you should avoid smoking weed after tooth extraction.
For starters, because marijuana constricts blood vessels, if you have it in your system it will take longer for blood to flow to your gums. This slows the healing process.
Additionally, smoking marijuana also restricts the production of saliva. It’s the reason why you get that awful cottonmouth. And that dearth of saliva not only opens the door to bacterial infection, it too slows recovery.
No big deal to you? Well, we saved the worst reason for last. The worst result from smoking after a tooth extraction is if you develop a dry socket.
What Is Dry Socket?
Alveolar osteitis is a condition that is hard to both say and spell, which is probably why dentists and everyone else for that matter call it “dry socket.”
So what is it?
Whenever you have a tooth extracted, you’re left with a hole in the bone where the tooth once lived. Normally, a blood clot will develop in this hole to protect the bone and nerves below from becoming infected.
However, sometimes, either the blood clot does not form or it gets pulled out leaving them both exposed. When this happens, an infection can quickly develop and last for five or six days.
This condition is called dry socket and needless to say, it is extremely painful.
Why Does Smoking Cause Dry Socket?
Your body is an amazing thing. Cut your hand, your knee, or your elbow and it immediately gets to work forming a clot that helps stem the flow of blood.
Likewise, the blood clotting process immediately gets started inside the empty socket in your mouth where a tooth has been extracted. This, however, is a delicate process and you have to allow time for the wound to heal.
Unfortunately, the sucking action required to smoke weed can cause the fragile blood clot to become dislodged creating a dry socket. And by the way, the same thing can happen smoking ordinary cigarettes or even sucking from a straw.
How Long Should You Wait To Smoke Weed After Tooth Extraction Or Any Type Of Oral Surgery?
As much as you might like to reach for a joint to ease oral pain after surgery, most dentists recommend waiting at least 48 to 72 hours after oral surgery and preferably as much as five days.
The longer you wait, the less chance you’ll have of developing a dry socket.
If you absolutely must smoke, try to take lighter tokes to reduce the sucking action inside your mouth.
Be sure also to rinse your mouth out afterward with warm salt water as well as after eating or drinking. Understand, this won’t prevent a dry socket, but it will provide an added layer of protection.
If you do develop a dry socket, you may experience symptoms such as ear pain, swollen lymph nodes, bad breath, and a bad taste in your mouth. The most obvious, of course, will be pain where your tooth was extracted.
If you experience any of these symptoms, get in touch with your dentist right away.
Is Smoking Weed After Getting Wisdom Teeth Out Not Recommended?
Dentists recommend that you not smoke weed immediately after having your wisdom teeth or any others extracted. You need to give the hole or holes in your mouth time to form and hold onto their blood clots.
But buck up! It’s not like you can’t smoke weed ever again.
Ideally, you should wait 72 hours, and preferably five days. Don’t ignore the advice. If you rush the process and start smoking soon after your oral surgery, you risk developing a dry socket.
If that happens, you’ll be kicking yourself that you didn’t take the advice seriously.
Are Edibles An Acceptable Alternative?
Sticking to edibles will help you avoid a dry socket, but they are still not a good alternative. It goes right back to that cottonmouth effect you get from marijuana.
It’s caused by THC and that’s present in weed whether you smoke it or eat it. A lack of saliva in your mouth causes the whole healing process to slow down.
What About Vaping After Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Vaping is not a good choice either. Just as with smoking, vaping employs a sucking motion that can dislodge a blood clot.
Again, just buck up! The more closely you follow your dentist’s instructions, the faster you’ll heal and be able to resume your normal consumption.
Should I stop smoking weed before I have oral surgery?
You should. And, for once, it has nothing to do with dry socket.
If you’re going to have oral surgery of any kind, it’s best to refrain from smoking weed for at least two weeks before your procedure.
A 2019 Colorado study published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found that regular users of marijuana require a greater level of sedation for surgery. But how much each individual may need isn’t entirely clear.
Doctors and dentists don’t want to over-sedate patients, but giving them too little may result in a patient waking up during surgery.
Experts hypothesize that THC in the system is the root cause so allowing time for most of it to be eliminated from your system is the wisest choice.
The impact of THC on anesthesia is also a good argument for being completely open and honest with your oral surgeon about your marijuana consumption.
When can I smoke weed after wisdom teeth removal?
It’s best to wait at least three days (72 hours) after your wisdom teeth, or any other teeth for that matter, are extracted. This should give your body the necessary time to develop a blood clot in the holes your extracted teeth once occupied.
Refraining from smoking for this period of time will not only help prevent the occurrence of dry sockets but it will also allow for increased blood flow to the gums and the production of saliva both of which will promote faster healing.
Can you get dry socket smoking weed after oral surgery?
Yes, you can. And it isn’t at all pleasant. The same goes for smoking any other product. The act of sucking can dislodge a newly forming blood clot and open the socket up to air, food, and bacteria. And this can lead to infection.
Is it safe to start up vaping after wisdom teeth removal?
Vaping is not a safe alternative. Like smoking weed or cigarettes, the sucking action required in vaping can dislodge blood clots that are beginning to form. Vaping can just as easily cause dry socket as smoking weed can.
Having oral surgery of any kind is never fun, but you can make the experience a whole lot worse by grabbing for a joint right after your procedure.
If, however, you refrain from smoking for at least two weeks before your surgery and another five days afterward, it will not only help you heal faster but also protect you from developing a painful dry socket.
Follow that advice, and when you finally get to enjoy a good smoke, it will surely be a whole lot sweeter.
Can I Smoke or Drink After A Tooth Extraction?
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Whether your tooth is being extracted because of an accident, infection, or issues with an impacted wisdom teeth. The local anesthetic process is the same. Your dentist or oral surgeon will numb the affected area prior to the extraction of the tooth.
The removal of a tooth is an invasive procedure, that involves removing the entire tooth along with its roots. Once the tooth has successfully been extracted, your dentist or oral surgeon will ensure that there are no fragments of tooth left. Depending on the reason for tooth removal, you may require additional procedures such as bone grafting.
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After the tooth has been extracted, the socket will pool with blood. This pooling of blood is vital to the healing process. It will clot the wound and allow it to heal faster and with less pain, in an effort to avoid a dry socket in the extracted area.
Here is a quick overview of a tooth extraction procedure:
- A local anesthetic is used to numb the area
- Your dentist removes the tooth
- A hole is left in the soft tissue
- That hole will pool with blood
- A blood clot will form
- You need to protect the hole and blood clot, allowing it to heal
- It takes 7-10 days for the blood to clot and the hole to fully heal
- A new bone is laid and prepped for a dental implant.
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Your dentist or oral surgeon will provide you with some postoperative instructions. To promote good healing, it is important to follow all the guidelines you are given. Here are some ideas on how to help you care for yourself during your recovery:
- Take all prescribed medication
- Place ice near the site to reduce any swelling
- Do not use straws for 24 hours
- Be careful when brushing your teeth by not touching the surgical site
- No smoking after extracting a tooth
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Is Smoking After Extracting a Tooth Harmful?
In short, you cannot smoke after tooth extraction, there is no safe way to smoke after an extraction. Smoking after bone grafting is also not recommended, as the new bone material that’s inserted needs time to solidify and adhere to the cavity.
It is best to not smoke for the first 72 hours at a minimum, after such an invasive procedure. However, you should avoid smoking for as long as possible to let the site fully heal.
At least 7 days of non-smoking and healthy organic foods is recommended. This in turn, helps deliver the proper nutrients to the body and the area of concern at a time it needs it most.
Smoking can have a direct negative effect on the healing process after an invasive tooth extraction. It can even slow down healing by pushing you back to the beginning of the healing cycle.
“But exactly how does smoking delay healing?”
Let’s take a look at the effects smoking has on wounds:
- Sucking action – Whether you’re a cigarette or a cannabis smoker, the blood clot working to heal your wound could become dislodged. This is rather common for many however. As the blood clot is essential in helping the site to heal, this can lead to a dry socket or an infection.
- Smoke – Both cigarettes and cannabis smoking carry materials, whether natural or manmade, that diminishes the cavity’s ability to heal faster. In one case, the smoke will slow down the healing process. Additionally, a dry socket can also develop as the pooled blood dries up quicker than it should. This could lead to more personal suffering from inflammation, you could start bleeding and this could push the healing process back to stage 1.
- The decrease in Oxygen – A well balanced dose of oxygen is always needed for the body to heal properly. The decrease in oxygen and nutrients can prevent the blood clot from forming. In many different health sectors, high levels of oxygen is essential for the body during its regenerative process.
- Heat – The heat from the smoke can cause complications with the socket closing. In most tooth extraction cases, the rule of thumb is to avoid heat on the exposed areas. Whether the area is an impacted extracted wisdom tooth or any other teeth, make an effort to change the temperature of your usual drinks.
That last mention on our list above could be modified as easily as changing your morning hot coffee to an iced latte. You could brush your teeth with cooler water temperature, post extraction. You can also choose to have a cold smoothie for breakfast and a Tuna Ahi bowl for lunch. Simple changes can make a drastic difference in the way your body recovers.
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What Is Dry Socket?
Developing a dry socket can be one of the biggest risks of smoking, during healing and after tooth extraction. Here are some symptoms of dry socket to look out for:
- You may find it difficult opening and closing your mouth
- May suffer from severe pain and discomfort
- Increase risk of infections
- You may develop an abscess
- The healing process has to start again from day 1, starting with the forming of the blood clot
Can I Drink Alcohol While Healing?
To avoid any complications and delays in healing, you should avoid drinking alcoholic beverages for at least 24 hours. However, we suggest that you wait for as long as possible to help the surgical site heal as quickly as possible. By avoiding alcohol, you will reduce your chances of dry socket and delayed healing.
How Do I Help My Mouth Heal?
Physical activity should be avoided for the first 24 hours following the procedure. You should avoid physical activity because you could cause yourself oral pain and discomfort, as well as dislodging the blood clot. It is important to stay away from alcohol and hot beverages until you have healed, to ensure the blood clot is protected.
It will also be wise to avoid hard and tough foods. While the site is healing, it is important to carry on with your daily teeth cleaning routine. However, you should avoid contact with the extraction site.
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When Can I Resume Smoking and Drinking?
Once you have fully healed, you can begin smoking once again. However, it is best to wait around 3-10 days to resume smoking after bone grafting or tooth extraction. You may even consider thinking about this as an opportunity to give up smoking for good.
When it comes to drinking alcoholic drinks, you can start from 24 hours after the procedure. However, your dentist or oral surgeon may advise you to wait a little longer. This is to give you the best chance to heal quickly.
To help get you through the healing process, you may want to consider buying some nicotine patches or other replacement products. Who knows, you may even decide to give up for the good of your oral and overall health!
If you follow all the above guidelines, you are sure to have a successful and complication-free healing process. After the procedure, if you are concerned about any symptoms you have, you should call your dentist as soon as possible.
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How Long Should I Wait to Smoke Weed After Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Stoners who have to get their wisdom teeth removed typically have one major question: How long should I wait to smoke weed after wisdom teeth removal? If you’re wondering when you can toke up again after your surgery, read on!
July 20, 2021
What happens after wisdom tooth removal
Post-surgery, you should expect the feeling in your mouth to return after waking up. Many people experience swelling and pain after the surgery. Your doctor is likely to prescribe or recommend some pain-relievers to help you manage.
After the surgery, you won’t just be in pain, but you will be in recovery from the procedure. As such, you will not be able to eat many things and will need to stick to very soft foods. Additionally, you are supposed to avoid alcohol, caffeine, and smoking. It is also important to not use straws after wisdom tooth extraction.
What happens if I smoke weed after wisdom tooth surgery?
Many people are eager to get back to their weed smoking habits after their wisdom teeth extraction. Tread carefully if you are one of those people. While you may be tempted to smoke weed to provide some much-needed pain relief, you may be prolonging the whole process.
Smoking after wisdom tooth surgery may actually increase the level of pain at the site. Additionally, it can slow down the healing process as it can limit blood flow to your gums.
The biggest complication that can come from smoking after surgery is a dry socket. Dry sockets occur when the protective blood clot that developed over the removal site gets dislodged.
Typically, the clot sits over the removal site and protects the area while it heals. You’ll know if it becomes dislodged because it will be painful and uncomfortable.
The risk of developing a dry socket is also why you are not supposed to use straws after surgery. The sucking motion needed to use a straw and to smoke is a common cause of the dislodged clot.
How long after surgery can I smoke weed?
Different experts may recommend slightly different timelines, but the bottom line is you should not smoke right after you undergo surgery. It is advised to wait until at least some of the healing process has occurred.
One oral surgeon website recommends waiting until at least five days post-surgery to smoke anything. Yes, they specify that this includes cannabis, even from vaporizers.
Other sites recommend at least 72 hours of no smoking after surgery. This number is used in a lot of dental blogs, as dry sockets typically occur within the first 1-3 days after surgery.
We are not experts on oral surgery by any means. If you’re not sure how long you should wait, talk to your oral surgeon and follow their guidelines, as they will have more context about the nature of your specific recovery.
Can I still get high after I get my wisdom teeth removed?
We just told you not to smoke after surgery! But don’t worry, you can still get high. Remember that vaping is included in the list of no-nos because it requires the same sucking action as smoking or using a straw, which increases your risk of developing dry sockets.
Be sure to keep your mouth nice and hydrated if you decide to use cannabis in some other capacity. If you tend to get cotton mouth from edibles, drink a lot of water to prevent any complications from a dry mouth.
Edibles may work for some, but if you are in pain post-surgery, you’re not going to want to chew. A lot of the edibles sold at our Bellingham pot shop and other locations are either chewy, hard, or otherwise not ideal for someone fresh out of surgery.
That doesn’t mean you’re out of luck, though. There are plenty of other ways to get high after your wisdom tooth extraction.
Best cannabis products to use after a wisdom tooth extraction
Again, it’s best to talk to your oral surgeon about options post-surgery. They will have the most tailored advice for your specific scenario.
If you decide to use cannabis after surgery and want to make it as easy on your body to recover as possible, we recommend the following product types.
You are not supposed to use a straw post-surgery, but hydration is still key. There is nothing wrong with drinking an infused beverage to get your weed dose.
There are plenty of cannabis beverages available at our Seattle weed store and other locations. From lemonade to iced tea and classic soda flavors, there are plenty of options to choose from if you decide to drink your daily dose.
Tinctures are another option for delivering a dose of THC without smoke or vapor. Tinctures can be taken sublingually (held under the tongue) or just swallowed.
We recommend swallowing tinctures as you would any other beverage to avoid any complications with the whole under-the-tongue thing.
There are plenty of tinctures available at our North Spokane dispensary and other locations across the state. Whether it’s THC, CBD, or a combination of the two that you are looking for, we’ve got you covered.
The bottom line
As we mentioned before, we are nowhere near experts on any subjects related to oral health. Therefore, talking to your oral surgeon about an upcoming extraction is going to provide more tailored advice than this blog.
Still, if you are wondering if you can smoke cannabis after your extraction, we hope we’ve helped you find answers.
It’s not fun to have to put your daily toke on hold, but it is a lot better than experiencing a painful complication from surgery. Fortunately, you don’t have to wait for a long period of time before you can smoke again after surgery.
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Can You Smoke Weed After Wisdom Teeth Removal?
To put it simply, getting your wisdom teeth removed can suck. Wisdom teeth typically pop up between the ages of 17-25 but they don’t really serve a purpose. Chances are you’ll have to remove them for a host of reasons including them being ‘impacted’. Around 5 million people get those pesky molars out every year. After having your wisdom tooth or teeth removed, you may experience pain, bleeding, and swelling in the area. If you’re someone who uses marijuana to reduce pain, you may be tempted to light up. Not so fast! Here’s why you probably don’t want to smoke weed after your wisdom teeth removal.
Can You Smoke Weed After Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Nope, you shouldn’t be smoking anything for up to five days after the surgery. According to an oral surgery practice, people who have had a wisdom tooth removed shouldn’t smoke weed because smoking can:
- Delay healing
- Increase discomfort
- May cause a dry socket
- May cause bleeding to restart
The practice also said that high-temperature vapors should be avoided so that rules out vaping and dapping too.
However, not everyone agrees with this. According to NBC News, someone reported no adverse effects smoking weed after removing his wisdom teeth. NBC said that he used weed instead of opting for ibuprofen for post-surgery pain. According to him, his dentist commented that his swelling was significantly reduced. The patient himself said that it helped with his pain.
Can I Smoke Weed Before Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Maybe you’re thinking that you could just use weed before getting your wisdom tooth removed. That’s also not a great idea. Using weed can alter the effects of the anesthetics that are used. NBC News cited a small study that indicated that marijuana users needed triple the amount of anesthetic required for nonusers. This can be dangerous. NBC News states, “higher doses can increase potentially serious side effects such as low blood pressure and depressed heart function.”
Mic spoke to a regular weed smoker who had her wisdom teeth removed. According to her, she woke up during the procedure and drifted back under soon after.
It’s not known why marijuana affects anesthetics and so more research will be needed in that area.
Can I Use Weed Edibles After Wisdom Teeth Removal?
It depends. First of all, if you’re taking narcotic pain killers, you shouldn’t use cannabis. The same oral surgery practice mentioned above advises their patients against mixing cannabis and narcotic pain killers. They didn’t specify what cannabis products to avoid, they just said to avoid them.
Maybe you’re not on narcotic pain killers and wanted to use edibles instead of pain killers, it’s important to at least know what you can and cannot eat. After removing your wisdom it’s recommended that you eat soft foods such as mashed potatoes, lukewarm soup, and applesauce. The oral surgery practice says to eat, “anything that can squish through the tines of a fork”.
The oral practice says to avoid:
- Acidic foods
- Spicy foods
- Tiny pieces of food such as seeds and nuts
Healthline also added to avoid difficult to chew foods or hard foods such as chips. These foods can actually reopen your stitches and prolong healing time.
With a doctor’s approval, maybe you could opt for soft edibles or have weed-infused drinks, without a straw of course.
There isn’t much information on whether or not edibles are safe to eat after wisdom teeth removals so it’s really best to ask your dentist.
Smoking weed should probably be avoided right after taking out your wisdom tooth because it may cause harm. If you’re on narcotic painkillers, it’s also best to avoid cannabis products. However, if weed is something you want to use to reduce pain and swelling, it’s best to speak to your dentist. There isn’t a ton of research done in this area but they’ll be the best people to advise you. Don’t forget to tell your dentist about your weed use before you get any anesthetic either.
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