Link between cannabis use in heavy drinkers and reduced risk of alcohol induced pancreatitis.

Link between cannabis use in heavy drinkers and reduced risk of alcohol induced pancreatitis.

The major clinical features of chronic pancreatitis are abdominal pain coupled with malabsorption/maldigestion and diabetes resulting from the exocrine and endocrine insufficiency.

There have been two studies published in the journal ‘Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research’ which link cannabis use to a reduced risk of getting alcohol induced pancreatitis and alcohol gastritis.

The research seemed to suggest that heavy alcohol drinking combined with cannabis use led to a lower risk of getting alcohol induced pancreatitis and alcohol gastritis, when compared to heavy drinkers who don’t use cannabis.

In the study discharge records were compared from the 2012 t0 2014 Nationwide Input Sample, a comparison was made with those who used cannabis and those who didn’t.

The researchers concluded that there was a reduced risk of alcohol associated pancreatitis with cannabis use.