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?