Having Surgery? Tell Your Anesthesiologist You Smoke

Colorado has taught the country a lot about the impact of legalized cannabis—including what happens when a patient isn't afraid to tell their doctor that they smoke.

Surgeons, nurses and anesthesiologists are now able to determine how cannabis affects people when they go under the knife. "Their observations and initial research show that marijuana use may affect patients’ responses to anesthesia on the operating table — and, depending on the patient’s history of using the drug, either help or hinder their symptoms afterward in the recovery room," NBC News reports.

The story cites a recent study that noted there appears to be a "strong correlation" between regular cannabis use and the need for increased doses of some common sedatives.

Read the full NBC News story here.