Cannabis Use Linked to Lower Rates of Prostate Cancer, Study Shows

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Cannabis each day keeps prostate cancer away: Prostate cancer (PC) prevalence was lower in both current and former cannabis users compared to non-users in a recent study.

Alternative medicines are needed. In the United States, one in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime—the most common non-skin cancer form. For this reason, men are encouraged to get screened for PC before it’s too late.

The study, “Marijuana Use May Be Associated with Reduced Prevalence of Prostate Cancer: A National Survey on Drug Use and Health Study from United States of America,” was published in the May 2024 issue of Biomedicines. The research was conducted by co-authors Turab Mohammed, James Yu, Yong Qiao, Youngchul Kim, Eric Mortensen, Helen Swede, Zhao Wu, Jingsong Zhang.

NORML reports that researchers affiliated with the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Florida assessed the relationship between cannabis consumption and PC.

The study represents a nationally representative cohort of 2,503 participants. Investigators reported that subjects between the ages of 50 and 64 who identified as either current or former cannabis consumers possessed a significantly lower risk of prostate cancer diagnoses. 

For the data, researchers undertook a cross-sectional study using National Survey on Drug Use and Health data from 2002 to 2020. The independent variable was cannabis use status (current, former, never), while the dependent variable was self-reported PC (yes, no). 

The anticancer effects of cannabis have been explored for some time. Scientists suggested that this finding provides “biological support for the anti-cancer effects of the constituents of marijuana.” Numerous preclinical trials have documented the ability of cannabinoids to inhibit cancer cell growth. 

Researchers noted that PC prevalence was significantly lower in cannabis users and former uses compared to non-users.

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Author: Benjamin M. Adams / High Times

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