Marijuana Consumers Who Caught COVID Had ‘Better Outcomes And Mortality’ Than Nonusers, Study Finds

Published 2 days ago on October 11, 2023

By Ben Adlin 

Cannabis consumers who caught COVID-19 had significantly lower rates of intubation, respiratory failure and death than people who do not use marijuana, according a new study based on hospital data that was presented this week at the annual conference of The American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) in Honolulu.

“Marijuana users had better outcomes and mortality compared to non-users,” the study says, suggesting that the observed benefits might result from marijuana’s “potential to inhibit viral entry into cells and prevent the release of proinflammatory cytokines.”

“The significant decrease in mortality and complications warrants further investigation of the association between marijuana use and COVID-19,” the report, published in a supplement of the CHEST Journal, says.

Authors of the study explained the findings on Wednesday in a presentation alongside a poster at the annual CHEST conference.

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