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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    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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