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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    Another dopey cannabis study

    The left coast is a source of many useless studies of “medical” marijuana.

    Here’s another from researchers at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, in Kelowna, British Columbia.

    First, the details.

    • Data from 23 individual interviews were transcribed and analyzed.

    And, the results.

    • Descriptions of the health benefits of cannabis for therapeutic purposes included cannabis as life preserving, a disease therapy, a medicine for the mind, a means for self-management, and a way to manage addiction.
    • Self-management of risks focused on the potential effects of excessive use, smoking-related risks, and purchasing precautions.
    • Although the reports of women and men were similar in many respects, there were important differences in patterns and practices of use that reflected gender influences.

    The bottom line?

    “Life preserving”? “Medicine for the mind”?

    Give me a break.

    The authors concluded, “Insights from the study provide direction for developing gender-specific information to support decision making and usage for therapeutic users.”

    What are they smoking?

    8/10/11 19:59 JR

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