According to a new study being published in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, and epublished ahead of print by the National Institute of Health, marijuana use is associated with a decreased risk of Helicobacter Pylori infection (HPI), which is a common bacterial stomach infection.
“Cannabis plant extracts suppress gastric acid secretion and inflammation, and promote gastroduodenal ulcer healing, all of which are triggered by Helicobacter Pylori infection (HPI)”, begins the study’s abstract. “Here, we evaluate the association between cannabis use and HPI among a representative community sample.”
Researchers identified respondents who completed cannabis use questions and were tested for HPI from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III dataset. Cannabis usage was categorized as ever-use (ever, never), cumulative lifetime use (>10-times, 1–10-times, never), or recent use (>31-days-ago, within-31-days, never).