The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Good news about marijuana

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that the ongoing decline in the use of marijuana among young people (age 12 to 17) continued in 2005. The report is here, and a news article is here.

    My summary of the results is here.

    Lifetime use of marijuana

    • 2002: 20.6%
    • 2003: 19.6%
    • 2004: 19.0%
    • 2005: 17.4%

    Among 18- to 25-year olds the use of marijuana remained about the same ? ranging between 52% and 54% over the same period.

    However, marijuana is still the most commonly used illicit drug – by about 14.6 million people.

    My feeling is that marijuana does not complement a healthy lifestyle. And like cigarettes, its use should be discouraged. A review published here discusses the health consequences of marijuana use. The stats are not up to date, but the section on adverse effects is.

    9/8/06 9:51 JR

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