I’m Gabe Garza with today’s health news. The
Aka people in the Central African Republic
are the focus of a new study to determine
whether those not exposed to western media
and culture could be smoking pot as medicine.
Researchers said the Aka people are an example
of those who smoke pot recreationally but
might be, on a subconscious level, using it
medically — to ward off worms called helminths.
Helminths are parasites that live off the
body’s nutrients. While 95 percent of the
Aka men housed helminths, the infection in
those who smoked marijuana was not as widespread
as in those who didn’t use the drug. While
cannabis has killed parasites in labs, it
has not yet proven to kill them in humans.