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Pot Use May Protect 'Pygmy' People From Parasitic Worms: Study

06/02/2015 11:27 am ET | Updated Jun 02, 2015
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A new study has weeded out another possible benefit of smoking marijuana: Protecting the body against parasitic worms -- at least among members of a "pygmy" tribe in Central Africa.

It seems cannabis users had lower rates of infection than non-users and were reinfected with fewer worms one year after given a treatment to kill the worms.

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