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Cannabis use and the risk of tuberculosis: a systematic review

Lead researchers

  • Clare French, Dr (University of Bristol)
  • Caroline Coope, Dr (Public Health England)
  • Isabel Oliver, Professor (Public Health England)
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About the project

It is estimated that 1.7 billion people are infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB) globally of which 5 to 15% will develop active TB disease. Cannabis has been identified as a possible risk factor in TB outbreaks, including an ongoing outbreak in England. As the most widely used (largely) illegal substance in Western countries, this may be an important public health concern. 

Project aim

To systematically review the evidence on the association between cannabis use and TB (latent infection and active disease). 

Anticipated impacts

This review will inform ongoing and future TB prevention and control strategies.

Funder

NIHR HPRU in Evaluation of Interventions at the University of Bristol

Research team

  • Lauren Ahyow, Dr (Public Health England) 
  • Charles Beck, Dr (Public Health England)
  • Caroline Coope, Dr (Public Health England)
  • Clare French, Dr (University of Bristol)
  • Matthew Hickman, Professor (University of Bristol)
  • Luke McGuiness, Mr (University of Bristol)
  • Sophie Newitt, Ms (Public Health England)
  • Isabel Oliver, Professor (Public Health England)