I don’t find that cannabinoids are harmful before and after surgical procedures. In the past when I was treating oral cancer patients I found these substances and CBDs to be helpful to patients for rest, anxiety, and appetite alike.

However, it is important to be aware of the source of these drugs and use reputable, licensed, established dispensaries operating legally under state and federal guidelines.

What I tell my patients is it is okay to smoke some marijuana or CBDs up to 2 days prior to surgery and starting 2 days after surgery. I very clearly tell patients not to eat or consume marijuana edibles of any kind. It seems patients have much less control over the dose and reaction to these edibles and can cause stress during the healing period after any surgery.

Of course, as always, alcohol, nicotine, and shellfish are strictly prohibited for 10 days prior to surgery and 2 weeks after in most cases. Also, avoid aspirin and any other medication or
herbal that can thin the blood before and after surgery as directed by Dr. Lay or your surgeon.

Best of luck in you surgeries!

Chase Lay MD