Does Marijuana Use Prevent You From Giving Blood?
Giving blood is something we can do to help save a life or even several. Donating blood can also directly benefit you, as it can make your heart and vascular system healthier! It is also linked to a lower risk of heart attacks and lower blood pressure.
Blood donations are commonly used for surgery, transfusions for blood loss, and cancer treatment. Giving blood can help our emotional well-being as it makes us feel better about ourselves, and did you know that donating one pint of blood burns up to 650 calories?
With marijuana still being categorized as a schedule I illegal substance by the federal government, it is valid to wonder if cannabis use can impact one’s ability to donate blood. Thankfully, in most situations, it will not interfere with your eligibility to donate.
As long as you are not impaired at the time of your donation, you will be able to donate. The American Red Cross does not test blood donations for THC, so frequent cannabis users can give blood without a problem.
According to the American Red Cross, “While the Red Cross does not encourage the use of controlled substances, marijuana or alcohol use does not necessarily disqualify you from giving blood as long as you are feeling well.”
Blood Donation Requirements
Although marijuana use does not disqualify you from donating blood, there are other things that may. Here is a current list of requirements for giving blood according to the American Red Cross:
-Must be 16 years old or older and weigh at least 110 pounds
-Must not have any type of blood-borne virus
-Certain cancers or history of cancers may disqualify you
-If you have had a blood transfusion in the last 3 months, you cannot donate
-You cannot be pregnant or nursing
-You cannot be ill or have low iron
-You cannot be on antibiotics
If you have EVER injected any illegal drugs, you can never give blood, according to the American Red Cross.
Tobacco and Nicotine Product Use
Both nicotine and tobacco contain many harmful chemicals that may affect your blood. However, use of these products do not disqualify you from blood donation.
Blood banks normally request that people who use tobacco or nicotine products refrain from use for a few hours before they give blood.
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The bottom line is you can donate blood no matter how often you use marijuana, as long as you are not impaired at the time of your donation. In the State of West Virginia, you need your marijuana card in order to access any medical dispensaries.
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