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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    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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