Study: Cannabis Use Associated With Reduced Risk Of Alcoholic Gastritis

Worchester, MA: Habitual alcohol drinkers who also use cannabis are at less risk for alcoholic gastritis as compared to those who do not use the substance, according to clinical data published in the journal Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research. Alcoholic gastritis refers to inflammation or erosion of the stomach lining that is caused by excessive alcohol consumption.

A team of investigators from the United States and Canada assessed the prevalence of alcoholic gastritis in a nationwide sample of heavy alcohol users who also consumed marijuana versus matched controls. They reported that subjects who concurrently consumed cannabis possessed a 25 percent decreased probability of alcoholic gastritis.

“We reveal that risky alcohol drinking combined with cannabis use is associated with reduced prevalence of alcohol-associated gastritis in patients,” authors concluded. “Given increased cannabis legislation globally, understanding if and how the specific ingredients in cannabis plant extract can be used in the treatment of alcoholic gastritis is paramount. In this regard, further molecular mechanistic studies are needed to delineate the mechanisms of our novel findings not only for alcoholic gastritis but also gastritis from other causes.”

For more information, contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org. Full text of the study, “Reduced prevalence of alcoholic gastritis in hospitalized individuals who consume cannabis,” appears in Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research.