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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    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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