‘The Haymaker’ is Leafly Deputy Editor Bruce Barcott’s opinion column on cannabis politics and culture.
It’s time to talk about the fact that American doctors have a cannabis problem. And it’s harming their patients. I know because I’m one of them.
The latest evidence came yesterday from the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, which published a study about the amount of sedation required for patients who are regular cannabis consumers.
In that study, researchers looked at 250 patients who underwent endoscopy procedures at a hospital in Grand Junction, CO. I’m assuming it was mostly men in their 50s getting colonoscopies, a routine cancer screening. The scientists found that regular cannabis consumers required more sedation than patients who did not consume.