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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    Reducing marijuana use among young women

    Researchers in Rhode Island studied the value of motivational interviewing + mindfulness meditation.

    First, the details.

    • 34 female marijuana users between 18 and 29 years old were randomly assigned to a treatment group.
      • 2 sessions of motivational interviewing + mindfulness meditation
      • Control group
    • Participants’ marijuana use was reassessed at 1, 2, and 3 months after treatment.

    And, the results.

    • The motivational interviewing + mindfulness meditation group used marijuana 6, 8, and 7 fewer days at months 1, 2, and 3, respectively, than controls — significant differences.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “Findings from this pilot study provide preliminary evidence for the feasibility and effectiveness of a brief motivational interviewing + mindfulness meditation for young adult female marijuana users.

    And it only took 2 sessions.

    A Google search revealed that most pot smokers view mindfulness as a potential way to “enhance” their high.

    9/28/11 21:17 JR

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