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

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was 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, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    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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    The effects of smoking marijuana on the lungs

    Aside from the finding (summarized here) that marijuana smoking is not associated with lung cancer, here is a list of its effects on lung function.

    This review of 34 studies published over almost 40 years was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

    • An association between short-term marijuana use and bronchodilation
    • No consistent association between long-term marijuana smoking and airflow obstruction measures
    • Long-term marijuana smoking was associated with increased respiratory symptoms, including cough, phlegm, and wheezing

    Studies were variable in their overall quality, but the bottom line, according to the researchers is that “long-term marijuana smoking is associated with increased respiratory symptoms suggestive of obstructive lung disease.”

    2/14/07 22:02 JR

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