Another study appears to support the medicinal value of cannabis has emerged.
Burn trauma patients who test positive for marijuana when admitted to the hospital are less likely to die and typically incur lower hospital costs compared with other patients, according to the new data.
The data were compiled by investigators at the University of North Carolina Department of Surgery, Jaycee Burn Center and published in April in the Journal of Burn Care and Research by the American Burn Association. The goal was to assess the relationship between marijuana use and in-hospital mortality in 3,299 burn trauma patients hospitalized over a 10-year period.
According to the study, 56 percent of patients tested positive for at least one substance. The most prevalent was marijuana — 29 percent — followed by alcohol, cocaine, and amphetamines.
Subjects who tested positive for marijuana had a 1 percent in-hospital mortality rate, compared with 4 percent for patients who tested negative. Those who tested positive for alcohol had a mortality rate of 8 percent.
Patients who tested positive for cannabis also had shorter intensive care unit stays,