We understand that Marijuana (Cannabis) is no longer a stigma in society and has become more popular than ever. With the pending new laws that will come into effect next year; we encourage our patients to discuss their usage, because if they are on any kind of prescription medication we have to concern ourselves with any drug interactions that may occur.
IF YOU ARE A CANNABIS USER AND YOU’RE ON ANY KIND OF PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION HAVE YOU GIVEN ANY THOUGHT TO THE DRUG INTERACTIONS?
A recent report by the National Standard Research Collaboration states:
If using benzodiazepines, barbiturates, narcotics such as codeine and some antidepressants, you may experience increased drowsiness.
With sedatives, central nervous system depressants, pain relievers, analgesics and corticosteroids, the interaction may block the receptors.
People using aspirin, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, blood thinners, and antiplatelet drugs, already increase the risk of bleeding; so Cannabis will double that effect.
For diabetics that are taking insulin, it may affect sugar levels, and caution is therefore advised.
It may also interact with drugs that affect blood vessel width.
A review by the Australian Dental Journal highlights that:
Because of the Cannabis effect on the parasympathetic system any stressful situation may cause syncopal (fainting) episodes.
There is a risk of prolonging tachycardia (a heartbeat that’s faster than normal) induced by Cannabis use when using local anesthetics containing epinephrine. Therefore, it is imperative when visiting your dental office, for treatment that may require local anesthetic; to let your dental provider know that you are a Cannabis user.