AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Colorado is leading the way in all things marijuana, including the impact it can have in the operating room. A study published earlier this year suggests patients who use cannabis respond to anesthesia differently.
While she did not play a role in the study, Dr. Joy Hawkins, a professor of Anesthesiology at the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus says she has seen similar responses.
“We are very willing to adapt to make the procedure safe for the patient, but this has added another little twist to the things we think about and ask about,” Hawkins said.
Hawkins is among several Colorado doctors making changes to anesthetic plans for her patients who use marijuana.
“It’s that we have to use more and any medication we use has its own