“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
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How Long After Wisdom Teeth removal Can I Smoke Weed?
What You Need To Know About Weed Smoking and Oral Surgery
So, you are having your wisdom teeth removed or other serious dental surgery? However, you smoke weed for either recreational or medicinal use. The $1,000 question is: When can you start smoking weed again? Or do I even have to stop smoking?
The answer to the first question is yes. However, how long you should quit smoking weed is not cut and dry, as my research has found various contradictory answers. So, I will explain in detail later. And for the second question, Unfortunately, the answer is that, yes, you should stop smoking (weed, tobacco, or anything) after you’ve had undergone wisdom teeth removal and even a simple tooth extraction.
I am not Doctor and I do not even play one on TV. Therefore, this article is not giving you any recommendations, as its purpose is to guide you in the right direction;so, you can make your own educatee decision.
What’s The Problem With Smoking Cannabis After Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Smoking tobacco or cannabis is not recommended right after wisdom teeth removal as it can hurt the healing process after a tooth extraction or getting your wisdom teeth pulled. First of all, smoking has been know to limit blood flow to your gums, which will slow the healing. And the dry mouth associated with Cannabis use can also impede your recovery. The primary reason though why you need to stop smoking after wisdom teeth or any teeth extraction is because of the risk of getting a “Dry Socket.”
What is Dry Socket?
After oral surgery, like getting your wisdom teeth removed, blood clots should start forming at the area where your wisdom tooth was extracted. When you get Dry Socket, either the blood clot doesn’t happen, or the blood clot disappears before you are properly healed. It results in your nerves and bones being exposed to the elements. (Air, food, bacteria,etc.) You will feel intense pain where your tooth previously was, and also, the nerves on your face will likely be affected.
As you can imagine, it is excruciatingly painful and expensive as it can’t be cured with over the counter medicine. So, you will need to make an extra emergency visit to your oral surgeon, who will flush out the empty socket with water and then prescribe you antibiotics and pain killers.
Your impatience in not waiting to smoke can result in severe pain and an increased delay in you being able to start up again.
Why Does Smoking Cause Dry Socket?
When you suck during smoking, the beneficial blood clot, in your empty tooth socket, is more likely to be dislodged. Also, the cotton mouth that is associated with weed can increase the chance of getting dry socket or other complications.
How Many Days Should You Not Smoke After Any Teeth Removal?
Nirvana Dental’s website states that you should wait to start smoking after 72 hours at the very minimum. And according to the website, HelloMD, you should wait at least five days before either wisdom teeth removal or tooth extraction.
Are Edibles An Acceptable Alternative?
Edibles are better than smoking weed. However, the dry mouth side effects caused by marijuana are bad for your gums, which can result in the healing process after wisdom teeth removal being delayed.
What About Vaping After Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Vaping after tooth surgery is just as bad as when you vape you are still sucking when you are inhaling.
Should You Not Smoke Weed Before Dental Surgery?
Unfortunately, the answer is yes, as THC has an adverse reaction on certain anesthesia (I.E., Propofol), where cannabis users will need higher doses than they usually would need if they were not to smoke. As a result, THC can either make your anesthesia ineffective, and you could even wake up mid-operation. Additionally, one study has shown that THC use, up to 72 hours before surgery, can increase your risk of tachycardia. (when your heartbeat goes faster than 100 beats per minute) Per the study, the reason for this was that marijuana somehow negatively reacts with the anesthesia.
That more anesthetic is needed has been proven in a study in New Zealand found that those cannabis smokers who were daily users needed more than twice the amount of propofol for procedures to like colonoscopies. Also, other common anesthetic and medicine required cannabis smokers to use more anesthetic than non-cannabis smokers.
The number of days you should stop smoking cannabis before any surgery varies greatly from doctor to doctor. And it also depends upon how much you smoke. For example, an Oral Surgeon’s website states that you should stop cannabis for at least two weeks before you have your surgery. However, Harvard’s medical blog says that, at a minimum, you should not smoke the day you have surgery. Also, these recommendations include all types of marijuana use, including edibles.
The Great Unknown
As you likely already know, cannabis is labeled a schedule 1 drug, which means that the federal U.S. Government deems that cannabis is a drug of abuse and has no medicinal purpose. As a result of this ridiculous classification, it is nearly impossible to do any research concerning marijuana’s medical uses. Also, the lack of research means that the effects of marijuana and anesthesia cannot be researched. However, studies have shown that marijuana, and to a lesser extent, tobacco, has been proven to have adverse reactions to the most common forms of anesthesia.
Pre and Post Surgery
First of all, follow the advice of your Doctor. Also, if smoking soon after surgery is a big issue for you, look and see what the Doctor’s policy is concerning cannabis before you even see the Doctor. Therefore, if your Doctor seems extreme when it comes to smoking before surgery, you should perhaps look for a new doctor. I would though highly recommend that you tell the anesthesiologist that you do smoke. After the surgery, follow your Doctor’s advice. Notwithstanding, I would wait at least a week until after surgery to start with weed again.
Researching marijuana’s relationship with oral surgery both pre-surgery and post-surgery can be quite confusing. Concerning before surgery one oral surgeon says you shouldn’t smoke two weeks before surgery. However, Harvard’s medical school blog states that you shouldn’t smoke the day before or the day of surgery. And, to get even more confused a study showed that Marijuana within 72 hours before can increase the patient’s chance of having a serious heart condition. So, personally, I would follow my Doctor’s orders and err on the side of caution when it comes to smoking weed or tobacco.
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