History of Donor Marijuana Use Doesn’t Harm Lung Transplants, May Improve Them

A lung being donated from someone with a history of marijuana use does not negatively effect the outcome of the lung transplant, and may in fact improve it.

Lung TransplantsThis is according to a new study published by the European Journal Cardio-Thoracic Surgery; it was published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health.

For the study, researchers “retrospectively analysed lung ‘organ offers’ and LTx [lung transplantation]” over a six year period. The outcomes of lung transplants “utilizing lungs from donors with a history of cannabis smoking were compared with the outcomes of those with no such history”; this was done using unadjusted model as well as propensity score matching. A total of 302 transplants were examined over the six year period.

The study found that; “The history of donor cannabis smoking does not appear to affect early and mid-term outcomes after LTx and potentially improve the donor pool”.

Researchers conclude by stating; “As it does not seem to negatively affect the outcomes after LTx, it should not be per se considered a contraindication for lung donation.”

Click here for the full text of this study.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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