Chronic pain: HALF of dentists say patients score high on dental appointments with marijuana or other drugs
- American Dental Association says don’t smoke weed before going to the dentist
- In some cases, patients are ‘stressed’ because of the drug
- At other times, they were unable to make informed choices about treatments
According to a shock study, half of doctors are forced to treat a patient who is high on marijuana or other drugs.
The American Dental Association (ADA) said it was due to more states legalizing the drug, warning its use before an appointment “may affect treatment.”
The study found that patients who were high were often “stressed” and confused, which “limits” their care options, according to the ADA.
In some cases, they were unable to make informed choices about which treatment they wanted, or needed more anesthetic because marijuana made them more sensitive to pain.
Senior patients often left the medics no choice but to postpone treatment and force them to book a return visit.
They were also unable to make informed choices about the care they received, or required more anesthetic because of marijuana’s effects on the brain.
Americans are urged not to use marijuana or other drugs before going to the dentist (file photo)
New York-based dentist and ADA spokeswoman Dr. Tricia Quartey said: ‘Marijuana can lead to increased anxiety, paranoia and hyperactivity, which can make the visit more stressful.
‘It can also increase heart rate and have unwanted side effects on the respiratory tract, increasing the risk of using local anesthetics for pain relief.
In addition, the best treatment options are always those that dentist and patient decide together. A clear head is essential for that.’
She also warned that smoking marijuana increases the risk of someone getting cavities in their teeth.
Drug users can get the “munchies,” with dentists warning that they “don’t always make healthy food choices.”
The ADA’s study involved 557 dentists from across the United States.
It also conducted a second poll of 1,006 customers to determine how widespread cannabis use is.
Nearly four in ten respondents said they used marijuana, while a quarter admitted to vaping.
A total of 19 states and the District of Columbia have already legalized the recreational use of marijuana.
Five more states will go to the polls next week on the decision.
Sixteen percent of Americans smoke cannabis, according to estimates, especially in younger age groups.
But this figure continues to grow as the drug is legalized for recreational use in other states.
Marijuana DOES NOT make you more creative, says research that disproves common myth
The Beatles attribute smoking marijuana to stimulating their writing, while some suggest that Pablo Picasso’s artwork was inspired by marijuana.
But a study released this week suggests that cannabis doesn’t make people more creative when they’re high, contrary to popular belief.
About 400 participants took a creativity test either 15 minutes after smoking the drug or 12 hours later.
Their answers were judged by a random panel that was blind to who took the test. Results showed no difference between the high or fasting groups.
Researchers believe that cannabis makes users more positive, giving them a better idea of their own creativity.
It comes after a federally funded survey last month found that nearly half of young adults in the US use marijuana in some way.
A total of 19 states have now legalized cannabis for recreational use, which many critics say has normalized the drug. Five more states will go to the polls next week on the issue.
But studies show that chronic use can alter brain development in young adults and may even increase the risk of mental health problems and even lower IQ.