The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    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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    Effect of cannabis on the onset of psychosis

    Researchers from Spain and Boston studied the relationship between age and cannabis use in patients with a first psychotic episode.

    First, the details.

    • 131 consenting patients (age 15 to 65 years) with a first psychotic episode requiring inpatient psychiatric treatment were interviewed.

    And, the results.

    • Increasing use of marijuana was significantly associated with a reduction in the age at onset of the first psychotic episode.
    • The effect of cannabis use on the age at onset could not be explained by the use of other drugs or by gender.
    • The finding was similar in the youngest patients, suggesting that this effect was not due to chance.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded, “These results point to cannabis as a dangerous drug in young people at risk of developing psychosis.”

    8/7/08 21:34 JR

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