Research: Cannabis users have 80% less probabilities of contracting Clostridium difficile
A new study from the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine examined the relationship between cannabis use and the likelihood of contracting the drug. clostridium difficult during hospitalization. The researchers looked at the hospitalization data of about 60000 patients, half of whom were cannabis users (based on medical records), and then examined whether cannabis use affected the risk of infection.
Clostridium (or clostridioide) difficile is a bacterium contracted in hospitals that causes diarrhea that can cause death. 500000 infections were reported in 2011 in the US, of which 29000 patients died in the 30 days from the time the diagnosis was made.
A significant reduction in the risks of nosocomial infections with cannabis
The study other variables that may influence the risk of infection, such as the age of the patients and ensured that both groups, smokers and non-smokers, are as similar as possible in these variables, so that there is no other explanation for the difference between the two population samples.
During hospital admissions on 59824 patients, there was a significant correlation between cannabis use and a reduced rate of developing clostridium difficile during the hospital stay. According to the data, cannabis users, are infected in 4555 cases on 100000 hospitalization, compared to 6344 on 100000 in non-consumers, a reduction of 28% of the risk of infection.
In addition, it has been found that the risk of infection decreases even further in cannabis users defined in their medical record as dependent, that is to say daily consumers. These chronic users had a reduced risk of getting a lower bacterial infection of 80% during their hospitalization compared to those who did not use cannabis at all. The group defined as non-dependent cannabis users had a reduced risk of 23% compared to non-smokers.
No explanation has been provided to explain this fact. The first hypothesis focuses on the presence of CBD, known as an effective molecule against bacteria and their toxins.