Can Weed Help Your Sinuses? New Study Provides Interesting Clues.
A new study suggests cannabis users suffer less sinus pressure and sinus-related symptoms than their non-user counterparts.
Researchers from the University of Southern California reviewed data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2013 to 2014) to determine any association between cannabis use and the presence of sinonasal symptoms. The surveys consisted of 2,269 people between the ages of 20 and 69.
Prevalence of sinonasal symptoms among regular cannabis users (45.0 percent) was lower compared to those who never use marijuana (64.5 percent).
“Regular cannabis users were less likely to have sinonasal symptoms versus adults who had never used cannabis (odds ratio, 0.22), while current tobacco smokers were more likely to have sinonasal symptoms (odds ratio, 1.96). Nasal congestion (62.8 percent) and change in smell (17.8 percent) were the most common sinonasal symptoms reported,” according to HealthDay News.
The findings were published July 28 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.