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Cryptococcal meningitis in a daily cannabis smoker without evidence of immunodeficiency

Summary

Cryptococcal meningitis is a life-threatening condition most commonly observed in immunocompromised individuals. We describe a daily cannabis smoker without evidence of immunodeficiency presenting with confirmed Cryptococcus neoformans meningitis. An investigation of cannabis samples from the patient’s preferred dispensary demonstrated contamination with several varieties of Cryptococcus, including C. neoformans, and other opportunistic fungi. These findings raise concern regarding the safety of dispensary-grade cannabis, even in immunocompetent users.

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  • infectious diseases
  • disease and health outcomes
  • exposures
  • drugs misuse (including addiction)

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