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ORGAN TRANSPLANTS & Cannabis studies completed

Overview

Organs that have been successfully transplanted include the heart, kidneys, liver, lungs, pancreas, intestine, and thymus.

Some
organs, like the brain, cannot be transplanted. Tissues include bones, tendons (both referred to as musculoskeletal grafts), corneae, skin, heart valves, nerves and veins.

Science and Research

1988 - Study - Fatal aspergillosis associated with smoking contaminated marijuana, in a marrow transplant recipient.

1996 - Study ~ Successfully treated invasive pulmonary aspergillosis associated with smoking marijuana in a renal transplant recipient.

2000 - Study ~ Exogenous lipid pneumonia related to smoking weed oil following cadaveric renal transplantation

2003 - News ~ Marinol Death Sentence: Oregon Man Denied Liver Transplant Because of Prescription -- He's Not the Only One

2008 - Study ~ Endocannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors in ischaemia–reperfusion injury and preconditioning

2008 - Study ~ The debate about marijuana usage in transplant candidates: recent medical evidence on marijuana health effects.

2008 - News ~ Medical Marijuana Users Denied Organ Transplants

2008 - News ~ Should Hepatitis C Patients Who Smoke Marijuana Be Eligible For Liver Transplants?

2009 - Study ~ Marijuana Use in Potential Liver Transplant Candidates.

2009 - News ~ Woman Dies After Being Denied Organ Transplant

2010 - Study ~ Do cannabinoids have a therapeutic role in transplantation

2010 - Study ~ Denial of hepatic transplantation on the basis of smoking: is it ethical?

2010 - News ~ Oregon hospitals denying life saving organ transplants to legal medical marijuana patients

2010 - News ~ Health Tragedy: Patients Denied Life-Saving Transplants for Their "Abuse of Illicit Substances"

2011 - Study ~ Targeting cannabinoid receptors as a novel approach in the treatment of graft-versus-host disease: Evidence from an experimental murine model.

2011 - Study ~ Cannabinoid receptor 2 and its agonists mediate hematopoiesis and hematopoietic stem and progenitor cell mobilization.

2011 - News ~ The Denial of Organ Transplants to Medical Marijuana Patients

2011 - News ~ Cancer Patient Taken Off Of Liver Transplant List Because Of Medical Marijuana Use

2011 - News ~ Cedars-Sinai Denying Transplant To Medical Marijuana Patient With Inoperable Liver Cancer

2012 - News ~ OHSU eases marijuana restriction for transplant patients

Fatal aspergillosis associated with smoking contaminated marijuana, in a marrow transplant recipient.

Department of Medicine, University of California San Francisco Medical Center.
Chest (Impact Factor: 5.85). 09/1988; 94(2):432-3. DOI:10.1378/chest.94.2.432
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT A 34-year-old man presented with pulmonary aspergillosis on the 75th day after marrow transplant for chronic myelogenous leukemia. The patient had smoked marijuana heavily for several weeks prior to admission. Cultures of the marijuana revealed Aspergillus fumigatus with morphology and growth characteristics identical to the organism grown from open lung biopsy specimen. Despite aggressive antifungal therapy, the patient died with disseminated disease. Physicians should be aware of this potentially lethal complication of marijuana use in compromised hosts.

 

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