|The largest study of the bunch found that drinkers who smoke weed had significantly lower odds of developing liver diseases
including hepatitis, cirrhosis, steatosis, and even hepatocellular
carcinoma, a type of liver cancer. Researchers at the National Institute
of Scientific Research at the University of Quebec looked at the
discharge records of nearly 320,000 patients who had a past or current
history of abusive alcohol use.|
“We found that if people are using cannabis in the dependent manner, they actually are much more protected from alcoholic liver disease,” Terence Bukong, a hepatologist and the study’s lead investigator, tells Tonic.
Alcohol abusers who didn’t use weed had about a 90 percent chance of developing liver disease, whereas light cannabis-using heavy drinkers had about an 8 percent chance. For dependent cannabis users who drink a lot, there was only a 1.36 percent chance. In other words, this study suggests that heavy pot use could mean a better defense against alcohol-related disease compared to light or no marijuana use.