Cannabis (marijuana) is widely used and abused throughout the world. It is the third most popular abused substance, following tobacco and alcohol.1 The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that approximately 48.2 million Americans, 18% of the US population, used marijuana at least once in 2019.2 It has further been estimated that approximately 3 in 10 people in the US using marijuana have developed a Cannabis (marijuana) Use Disorder (CUD).3

These statistics are alarming and can impact dental implant treatment provided by clinicians. Acute and chronic marijuana use can affect the success and safety of the conscious or deeply sedated patients. Chronic use will impact the long-term quality of bone supporting dental implants. The bottom line is marijuana use can make life difficult for the dental implant clinician and patients.

Marijuana is retrieved from the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa that contains cannabinoids. The cannabinoid Δ-9-tetrahydrocannabinol...

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