Why daily marijuana users are as healthy as non-smokers

In Research Topics, Top Stories by David Silverberg

Daily marijuana users don’t have higher levels of health problems, emergency department visits or hospital stays than people who don’t smoke the plant, according to a new study in the Journal of Internal Medicine this month.

The title of the paper sums up the study’s conclusion: No Detectable Association Between Frequency of Marijuana Use and Health or Healthcare Utilization Among Primary Care Patients Who Screen Positive for Drug Use.

Researchers from Boston Medical Center and the Boston University School of Medicine studied 589 drug users, more than 8 out of 10 of then marijuana smokers, and discovered that the cannabis fans among them were no more likely to go see the doctor than non-drug consumers.

Researchers found:

… no differences between daily marijuana users and those using no marijuana in their use of the emergency room, in hospitalizations, medical diagnoses or their health status.

In August, there were reports of an increased amount of hospital visits in the Denver area due to people using synthetic marijuana. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, synthetic drugs can be extremely dangerous and addictive.