Study: Cannabis May Fight Intestinal Worms

By Eric Sorensen, Washington State University Science Writer

The Africa Congo Basin.
The Africa Congo Basin, where the study was conducted.

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have found that the more hunter-gatherers smoke cannabis, the less they are infected by intestinal worms. The link suggests that they may unconsciously be, in effect, smoking medical marijuana.

Ed Hagen, a WSU Vancouver anthropologist, explored cannabis use among Aka foragers to see if people away from the cultural and media influences of Western civilization might use plant toxins medicinally.

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