No matter why you’re going under the knife, recovering from surgery can be quite painful. Post-operation, doctors will usually prescribe painkillers. However, most drugs like opioids can be highly addictive and are equipped with tons of side effects. Opioid addiction is no longer a phantom—many in the US and around the world are falling victim to this full-blown epidemic.

The most unfortunate thing to learn is that many started their addiction shortly after being prescribed painkillers like oxycodone or hydrocodone post-surgery. Though many surgeons wish to prescribe their patients with fewer painkillers, some patients still face life-threatening consequences. This is enough reason for many to seek out other forms of pain relief. Research[1] has shown that cannabinoids found in marijuana help soothe pain for a multitude of conditions, but the top question is, are there any contraindications to consuming marijuana before or after surgery? The answer is not a simple yes or no. It relies on a few variables such as time of consumption, medical history, and the nature of the strain.


While rolling up a fat joint sounds pretty enticing before surgery, mixing marijuana with anaesthesia can produce some pretty negative effects on the body.

Smoking marijuana before surgery can increase mucus production in your respiratory tract, which can be an issue while under the knife. However, smoking more than a few hours before your surgery time will likely offer you a great enough window for the effects to wear off, thus reducing sputum in the fluids of your sinuses and lungs. Nonetheless, if you’re a frequent user, it’s crucial for the sake of your health that you keep it real and talk to your doctors about your use before any surgical procedure.

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While research has been conducted on the negative effects of prescribed painkillers after surgery, there is still much to research on the effects of weed after a surgical procedure. The healing process gets interrupted by excessive coughing, so although you might be a master bong ripper, vaping or edibles will be your best bet for an easy transition.


Dental work often leaves patients with sore, inflamed gums, so small quantities of cannabis afterward could provide some health benefits[2]. As we know, cannabis has a ton of anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, so if you experience serious dental surgery pain, cannabis could provide significant relief without the need for high-strength pharmaceutical painkillers.

However, there is one downside. You may suffer from some serious cottonmouth from consuming cannabis after dental surgery. If you’re worried, there are a number of safe ways to get high. Try using means like ingesting edibles, tinctures, or oils. These will provide much more relief and will delay the onset and severity of dry mouth.


The medical industry likely has a long way to go before prescribing cannabis post-surgery, not just because it isn’t federally legal, but because the pharmaceutical industry’s dominance is so entrenched in modern Western society. As such, discuss the possibility of cannabis consumption with your doctor; they will warn you if there are likely to be major contraindications.

External Resources:
  1. Cannabis and Pain: A Clinical Review
  2. Pot healed my post-surgery pain. Why is it still banned from pain relief research? | Matt Laslo | US news | The Guardian
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