A 17-year-old female asked:
what are the risks of having thc in the system and going under general anesthesia? scheduled tonsillectomy on 8/14 haven't smoked since the 8/1
3 doctor answers
Dr. Emanuel Winocur answered
66 years experience Psychiatry
Notify anesthesiolog: Since THC is a drug that affect the nervous system, it probable have some effect on general anesthesia. Make sure that you inform the anesthesiologist so your procedure will be better monitor.
Answered on Mar 1, 2017
Dr. Alla Tamarkin answered
12 years experience Anesthesiology
There are potential : It all depends on how much marijuana was being smoked. If someone is a once per week smoker, after 3-4 days, there will no longer be any THC found in the urine. There will unlikely be any interactions with general anesthesia. If someone had just smoked marijuana prior to surgery, there Is potential for cardiac and pulmonary depression.
Answered on Apr 7, 2017
Dr. Pedro Cabrera answered
Specializes in Anesthesiology
Cannabis and anesthe: The interaction between cannabis and anesthesia is dose related, but use of cannabis prior to anesthesia could cause cardiac arrhythmias, cardiac and respiratory depression. Also it can cause Pulmonary Edema which means water in your lungs. My advice to you don't utilize it and in case you smoke cigarettes stop a week before so that you don't have complications under anesthesia. Be truthful.
Answered on Jun 15, 2018
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