STUDY: Abstract: THU-048 Protective Effect of Cannabis and Coffee Consumption on HCV-related Mortality in French HIV-HCV Co-Infected Patients – C. Protopopescu, et al.
Study Aims and Results: This study evaluated the effects of cannabis, coffee, alcohol and tobacco used for symptom management by 1,028 HIV-HCV co-infected patients over a median of 5 years. During that time, there were 77 deaths, of which 33 were related to HCV.
Regular/daily cannabis use, drinking ≥3 cups of coffee daily and not smoking were independently associated with a 68%, 63%, and 64% reduction in HCV-related mortality. Researchers did not find a significant association between alcohol consumption and HCV-mortality risk.
Conclusions: These researchers state that this confirmed the benefits of regular use of coffee. Further, it highlights the possible protective role of cannabis.
Editorial Comments: We have seen a great deal of research showing the benefits of coffee, but cannabis research hasn’t yielded consistent results. The French have done most of the cannabis research, and have advanced the theory that cannabis is associated with reduced risk of insulin resistance and steatosis, two conditions linked to increased mortality risk. We need more (and larger) cannabis studies so we can better understand the effect(s) of cannabis on our health as a whole.Share This Page