Wisdom teeth removal can be a very painful intervention.
The thing is, the intervention itself is not painful because you’re numbed by anesthesia, but as soon as the effects of the anesthesia wear off, you start feeling the pain that can often be unbearable.
Luckily, there are things that can make you feel better. Some cannabis users suggest that smoking weed after wisdom teeth removal may help.
But, should you do it? Are there any side-effects?
I’ll cover all the potential benefits and side-effects of smoking weed after getting your wisdom teeth removed.
What are the potential benefits of using weed?
So, you’ve decided that you need some weed to alleviate the pain after wisdom teeth removal. The typical painkillers have a limited effect and you simply need something better (and tastier). The question is – how beneficial would smoking weed be?
The shorter answer is – smoking weed is not worth the risk. I’ll explain that later on.
However, consuming weed in some form other than smoking after wisdom teeth surgery could have some great benefits and I will list them all here.
You will recover much faster
The first benefit is also the most important one – the time you need to recover will be slightly reduced. Why is that? Well, being in pain will increase your stress levels, which will also lead to higher blood glucose levels. The higher the blood sugar, the bigger the overall inflammation. And, of course, the higher the inflammation, the slower your wound will heal.
As we know that weed can slightly reduce your stress levels, it’s safe to say that it will also (indirectly) help you recover much faster than you normally would. Not only will you feel better, but your body will regenerate much more effectively as well. It seems like a win-win scenario!
Using weed after wisdom teeth removal will reduce the inflammation significantly
I’ve already mentioned how weed can be helpful in terms of inflammation. I’ll explain that further.
Basically, inflammation will kick in as soon as the tooth is removed. Why? Well, because the wound will become swollen as soon as the procedure ends and that’s completely natural.
Depending on your overall health and the size of the wounds, the condition may persist for weeks, sometimes even months on end (in extreme cases). Of course, inflammation is often followed by a pain that is difficult to cope with and regular painkillers only focus on the symptoms, not the actual cause.
Luckily, weed can be extremely helpful here. If you’re using it regularly during this period, you should quickly notice a decrease in your inflammation. Not only will the pain be smaller, but you will also recover much quicker.
Regular weed consumption can also improve the efficiency of painkillers in general
Yes, just like I’ve mentioned above, regular painkillers can’t do much on their own, but if we add some weed to the mix, that can change quite a bit. Not only will you take fewer painkillers that way, but they will also be more efficient. Being high will make you feel great and your overall recovery will be much more tolerable.
The side-effects of other painkillers will be minimized
While weed can improve the efficiency of other painkillers, it can also minimize the side-effects of these medications. The side-effects can vary from mild ones like constipation and stomach pain to more severe ones like breathing issues and even a loss of consciousness. Of course, the last two side-effects are not that common but we need to take them seriously.
Luckily, weed can reduce the chances of any of these side-effects happening in the first place. Even better, by using weed after wisdom teeth removal, you won’t have to take other medications that often, so this is a great way to abandon them without becoming addicted.
Using weed after wisdom teeth removal can also make you sleep much better
Insomnia is one of the worst side-effects that a person may have once their wisdom tooth is removed. Luckily, we have ways to resolve this issue.
Using weed after wisdom teeth removal can indeed make you sleep much better. It does that by reducing your stress levels during the day so that you don’t have to deal with ongoing anxiety when it’s time to relax. As a result, you will feel much better and you won’t have issues falling asleep. Likewise, you won’t be waking up during the night, either.
What about the downsides?
Are there any downsides of using weed after wisdom teeth removal? Should you expect any side-effects?
First of all, it’s very important how you use weed after the surgery. Many oral surgeons will say that you shouldn’t smoke anything, not cigarettes, not pot, for at least a few days.
The reason for that is the sucking motion that you perform when smoking, which can prevent the blood clot from forming over the wood. If the protective blood clot doesn’t form, you’ll end up with a dry socket, which is an extremely painful complication.
Though numerous anecdotal evidence tells us that smoking cannabis can be perfectly fine after getting your wisdom teeth pulled out, science tells us to be wise and refrain from smoking weed at this time. So, all other forms of consuming cannabis are fine: vaping, dabbing, consuming edibles, etc.
The most common side-effect of smoking weed is actually dry mouth. Luckily, you can deal with that problem by drinking plenty of water.
With proper hydration, you can prevent dry mouth before it even occurs.
Some people also report increased fatigue, but luckily, this side-effect is not that common and it usually goes away on its own.
If cannabis is legal in your country and you want to use it to improve your postoperative experience, always talk to your doctor first. They have the best overview of your health and they will undoubtedly know what to suggest.
Overall, smoking weed after wisdom teeth removal is not a good idea, but using pot in some other way can really help you cope with pain and some other side-effects resulting from surgery.
By understanding the basics and following the guidelines from above, you can overcome any hardships that come with wisdom teeth removal. And feel great in the process! Not bad, right?
Billi January 16, 2020 at 8:01 am
I mean you totally disregard the fact that the suction from smoking can cause a dry socket and those can’t be fix only packed and are extremely painful
Gianna February 25, 2020 at 3:04 am
Jordan October 22, 2021 at 1:31 pm
The paragraph by the last picture says exactly that. Sounds like you didn't read the article very well 😂
John January 18, 2020 at 6:45 am
u r right billi
Dr. Jeff January 24, 2020 at 3:17 am
This was perhaps the least intelligent article I have ever read in my life. Dry sockets are not only common, but expected, for patients who smoke in the immediate aftermath of the surgery.
Jack March 7, 2020 at 12:25 am
I have several friends who smoked the day after their wisdom tooth surgery and did not end up with a dry socket are they just lucky or does the amount play a part as well
Jeffery March 10, 2020 at 5:59 pm
Bro your name is Jeff, stfu
Wow you're dumb August 22, 2020 at 12:13 am
4 % for non smokers and 12% for smokers isn't common wtf are you talking about. Always hilarious when dipshits assert claims with no evidence when there is plenty of data proving you wrong.
Steven January 29, 2020 at 10:49 am
This is by far the most idiotic article I have ever read in my life. Really putting a bad name for potheads.
Dr. Felix February 5, 2020 at 12:20 pm
The recommended waiting time for smoking after a successful wisdom tooth extraction is about 72 hours. Depending on the complications which may appear during surgery, you might want to wait for up to a week, your doctor will tell you this immediately after surgery. In conclusion, just wait a few days until the wound is healed so you can enjoy smoking without any associated health risks, believe me, the pain you will feel if the area gets infected or dry sockets will far outway any benefits of smoking.
Adondriel February 15, 2020 at 3:45 am
You should mention that people shouldnt smoke via a method that mimics a straw like suction. I would suggest vaping, using one of the vaporizers that has a vapor bag, to reduce the amount of suction.
Kam February 19, 2020 at 5:36 pm
I smoked immediately after surgery but I would only hit one dab or two at a time and I would put gauze over the incisions so that the sucking motion wouldn’t pull at it. It worked for me and I didn’t get any dry sockets and I would hit like 6 dabs a day. I recommend not smoking blunts or joints because of the repetitive sucking motion. Just hit a dab or two and be done. :)
John March 6, 2020 at 12:30 am
I’m thinking about nose hoots
Ryan Y February 26, 2020 at 9:00 pm
Joshua Ebert April 15, 2020 at 12:15 am
Feels riddled with misinformation.
Angela June 24, 2020 at 11:01 pm
I got my wisdom teeth taken out a day ago. I’ve been smoking from my dab pen thru my nose. You have other ways to inhale! And tbh It’s only the first day and I feel like I could go run a marathon. Weed really heals your wounds faster too. Its amazing try it! Don’t smoke through ur mouth but thru your nose!
Cole Peterson June 29, 2020 at 2:47 pm
I honestly don't know why I've never heard from other sites people doing this. It may burn a tad if you drag for too long but yes it does work! Recommend!
Amberli July 10, 2020 at 7:11 pm
So it didn’t give you any infection ? And I was actually thinking that too but idk !! Like hitting from my nose my wax pen cause I don’t want to smoke bud atm