Study author Nicholas Vozoris, assistant professor and clinical investigator in the respiratory department at the University of Toronto, said: “The use of cannabis is not as benign and safe as some people think.
“Our study demonstrates that substance use is associated with serious negative outcomes, namely ED (emergency department) visits and hospital admissions,” Vozoris said in an email. .
When compared to non-marijuana users, cannabis users were 22% more likely to have to go to the emergency room or be hospitalized, the study revealed.
The findings held true even after adjusting for an analysis of more than 30 other confounding factors, including other illicit drug use, alcohol use, and smoking.
“Body injury is the leading cause of emergency and hospitalization for cannabis users, with respiratory reasons following later,” says Vozoris.
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Several studies have shown an association between marijuana use and trauma, both physical and mental.
Another study in 2021 found that regular marijuana users, including teenagers, were increasingly showing up in emergency rooms complaining of severe bowel pain, called ” cannabis-induced nausea syndrome”, or CHS.
A review published earlier this year looked at studies of more than 43,000 people and found the negative effects of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the main psychoactive compound in cannabis, on thought levels. higher than that of the brain.
At a time when “health care systems have become fragile worldwide in the wake of the Covid pandemic and with tough economic times … cannabis use is on the rise worldwide,” Vozoris said.
“The results of our study should set off alarm bells in the minds of the public, healthcare professionals and political leaders,” he said in his email.