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.

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    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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    Adverse effects of non-medical cannabis

    cannabis_leafFor over 2 decades, cannabis (marijuana) has been the most widely used illicit drug by young people in high-income countries, and has become popular on a global scale.

    Researchers from the University of Queensland, in Herston, Australia reviewed the adverse effects.

    Adverse health effects of greatest potential public health interest — most likely to occur and to affect a large number of cannabis users.

    • Dependence
    • Increased risk of motor vehicle crashes
    • Impaired respiratory function
    • Cardiovascular disease

    Adverse effects associated with regular use

    • Adolescent psychosocial development
    • Mental health

    The bottom line?
    Considering the lack of benefit (somebody show me a decent study of marijuana’s benefits), is the risk of any side effect worth it?

    10/20/09 20:47 JR

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