Smoking marijuana could lead to breakthrough COVID cases, study finds

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Marijuana advocates said the study didn’t show that marijuana could be a factor in success cases.

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A new study finds that heavy marijuana users who have also been vaccinated may be more susceptible to successful cases of COVID-19.

study, published last Tuesday in world psychology, found that those with a substance use disorder (SUD) – dependence on marijuana, alcohol, cocaine, opioids and tobacco – were more likely to have contracted the coronavirus after receiving both of their vaccination shots.

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Those without SUD saw a 3.6 percent success rate of infection, while those with SUD had a 7 percent rate. The study found that at 7.8 percent, people with marijuana use disorder had the highest risk of breakthrough infection.

In other substances, the risk disappeared when issues such as underlying health conditions and socioeconomic status were considered. The difference has not been directly linked to marijuana use, but it may be linked to the behavior of people dependent on marijuana.

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“Cannabis patients with use disorder, who were younger and had less concomitant than other SUD subtypes, had success, even after being matched for adverse socioeconomic determinants of health and concomitant medical conditions with non-SUD patients. There was a high risk for infection,” the researchers said. wrote.

“Additional variables, such as behavioral factors or adverse effects of cannabis on pulmonary and immune function, may contribute to the higher risk for breakthrough infection in this group.”

Marijuana advocates said the study did not show that marijuana could be a factor in success cases, also noting that most marijuana users are not dependent on the drug.

“This study is limited to people with ‘substance use disorder,’ a very small subset of cannabis consumers,” said Morgan Granthshala, media relations director for the National Cannabis Industry Association. told Newsweek.

“This is only correlation and does not show a causal relationship… Individual behavioral patterns and social situations can be a major contributing factor above and beyond displaying problematic substance use patterns, such as lack of access to reliable information, to couples. sharing, etc.” he said.

“Clearly more study is welcome and needed, but it is important not to overstate or misrepresent the very inconclusive results presented in this particular research and to ensure that cannabis consumers are informed about this Be informed about exactly what the latest research indicates,” Granthshala said.


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