Pain Manag. 2021 Jun 9. doi: 10.2217/pmt-2021-0018. Online ahead of print.
Aim: To evaluate the prevalence of self-directed cannabidiol (CBD) use in patients with end-stage degenerative hip and knee arthritis who underwent total hip arthroplasty and total knee arthroplasty. Materials & methods: Anonymous surveys for 109 patients were completed at 6 weeks follow-up after either total hip arthroplasty or total knee arthroplasty at a single tertiary care US orthopedic hospital. Results: Within the perioperative window encompassing both preoperative and postoperative periods, 22% (95% CI: 14-30%) of patients used CBD. Conclusion: There was no difference in pain satisfaction between patients who used CBD and patients who did not. Given high rates of self-directed perioperative CBD use and the mixed body of evidence, further research is needed to better understand whether CBD is safe and effective.