Study: Cannabis Use May Modulate Pancreatitis Severity

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A study conducted by researchers at the Mercer School of Medicine and published in the journal Translational Gastroenterology and Hepatology suggests patients with a history of cannabis use have less severe symptoms of alcoholic pancreatitis (AAP) when compared to their matched controls. Researchers compared the severity of AAP in 38 patients with a history of cannabis use to 76 patients who tested negative for the substance at the time of hospital admission, and found patients who tested positive for cannabis presented less severe symptoms and were less likely to enter the ICU. Those who tested positive were matched to their controls through age, sex, and medical history. The researchers determined, “[W]e found that cannabis positive patients had less severe presentation of AAP indicating that cannabis could modulate the inflammatory effects of alcohol on the pancreas. … Further, large scale studies are needed to characterize the effect of cannabis on AP.”

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