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3 Weeks Post-Op - Can I (lightly) smoke (or vape) Marijuana?

I've been a good patient.  I quit smoking cigarettes cold turkey months ago and understand the nicotine connection.  What I am not clear on is whether this applies to small amounts of Marijuana whether smoked or vaped?  Any definitive links (or compelling) would be appreciated.  It seems there is little to no research in this area and a dearth of open discussion.


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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,587
    That would be a good question for your doctor
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  • One of the problems with finding peer reviewed info regarding THC or other derivative of pot is because of the law.  Federal law still says pot is illegal.  Therefore, funding major studies is out because they cannot spend federal dollars to study a substance that they already say is illegal. 

    There have been some independent studies done at universities that show THC is effective at pain management.  Problem is, there is no long lasting Cohort that tracks actual dosages and outcomes.

    Like Ron stated, I'd ask your doctor to get his/her opinion.  I know with my PM doctor, if I test with any in my system, I would be discharged in a second! 

    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
  • Medical marijuana passed in my state. There are many places that it is legal & yes people use it for pain. Marijuana does not have carcinogens like cigerretts that interfer with the healing process & bone growth. I am a nurse & I know for a fact when you ask your doctor about marijuana in a State it's not legal they will take away your pain pills immediately because you are mixing them w recreational drugs... unfortunately they can't think outside the box. Good luck

  • My pain management doc actually recommended I try medical marijuana, but I’d tried it before for anxiety and didn’t care for the effects. Post op, my neurosurgeon was very clear that pot interferes with fusion, so I’d be cautious. If you aren’t seeing a pain management doc, that’s where I’d start.

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  • Anybody trying to quit smoking? Im having2 level fushion Jan3rd which is 6 weeks from today. But being the stress of Thanksgiving tomorrow , my husband giving me a one day pass! But then I'm left to sit at home in pain and no smoking and just worry even more! I could walk to the beach, but it hurts too much or the pool and hot tub, but that hurts too. Just standing hurts and sitting! In gonna be bored out of my mind! The 4th I'll get something for pain, then maybe I'll start doing SOMETHING! UNTIL then I see me eating and sleeping and reading! 6 weeks doesnt seem long unless you're waiting for something lol

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