Cannabis and COVID (study)

by Marijuana Staff

"Marijuana smokers had better outcomes and mortality compared to non-users."

Furthermore, the authors of a new study, EXPLORING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MARIJUANA SMOKING AND COVID-19 OUTCOMES, have just concluded that,

"The beneficial effect of marijuana use may be attributed to its potential to inhibit viral entry into cells and prevent the release of proinflammatory cytokines, thus mitigating cytokine release syndrome."

RESULTS: Out of 322,214 patients included in the study, 2,603 were marijuana users. Marijuana users were younger and had higher prevalence of tobacco use. However, other comorbidities including obstructive sleep apnea, obesity, hypertension, and diabetes mellitus were more prevalent in marijuana non-users. On univariate analysis, marijuana users had significantly lower rates of intubation (6.8% vs 12%), acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) (2.1% vs 6%), acute respiratory failure (25% vs 52.9%) and severe sepsis with multiorgan failure (5.8% vs 12%). They also had lower in-hospital cardiac arrest (1.2% vs 2.7%) and mortality (2.9% vs 13.5%). After 1:1 matching, marijuana users had lower rates of intubation (OR: 0.64 [0.51-0.81]; p<0.01), ARDS (OR: 0.39 [0.26-0.58]; p<0.01), acute respiratory failure (OR: 0.53 [0.47-0.61]; p<0.01), severe sepsis with multiorgan failure (OR: 0.68 [0.52-0.89]; p<0.01) and lower mortality (OR: 0.48 [0.33-0.69]; p<0.01)

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