THE UNSPONSORED PSYCHIATRY REPORT

Cannabis Probably Does Cause Schizophrenia

By Erik Messamore, MD, PhD / April 20, 2019

Psychosis is one of the oldest and best-documented risks of cannabis use.  Associations between cannabis use and psychosis appeared in the medical literature soon after cannabis was introduced into Western medical practice in the 1850s. Physicians of the 19thcentury accurately identified marijuana’s therapeutic value. Medical textbooks and journals of that era described benefits in the…

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Paucity of studies showing an ability of CBD to reduce biomarkers of inflammation in man

By Erik Messamore, MD, PhD / April 16, 2019

Below is a complete list of titles from a search of the medical literature for studies looking at the ability of cannabidiol (CBD) to reduce biomarkers of inflammation in humans. CBD has a reputation for being the more important anti-inflammatory cannabinoid. And it is being recommended by many for the treatment of inflammatory illness.  The…

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Paucity of studies documenting the anti-inflammatory effects of cannabis in man

By Erik Messamore, MD, PhD / April 15, 2019

There is a lot of talk about how cannabis can reduce inflammation. I decided to see how many studies have actually tested this hypothesis in humans. It seems we know very little about whether cannabis is effective at reducing inflammation in humans – at least when it comes to measuring that inflammation by accepted lab…

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Cannabis and Anxiety

By Erik Messamore, MD, PhD / April 1, 2019

Free Download: Printable Infographic In this post, I offer you a free, downloadable infographic that you may freely share, print, or distribute. Here is the link to the file. The infographic explains one of the paradoxical effects of cannabis. While it’s calming and anxiety-relieving (at least initially) for many people, cannabis can cause anxiety and panic attacks in…

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An Over-The-Counter Solution For Self-Injurious Behavior?

By Erik Messamore, MD, PhD / April 1, 2019

N-acetylcysteine shows promise in the treatment of recurrent self-injury, according to initial clinical reports An over-the-counter pharmaceutical Clinical reports suggest that recurrent self-injurious behaviors like self-cutting might be reduced, or in some cases eliminated, with something that can be obtained as an over-the-counter supplement in the US. The substance is called N-acetylcysteine. I describe N-acetylcysteine…

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Recovery From Schizophrenia

By Erik Messamore, MD, PhD / March 13, 2019

What does recovery from schizophrenia look like? How about graduating from college and running a nonprofit organization? That’s what recovery looks like for Bethany Yeiser. After being treated with clozapine, she was able to complete her university education, write a book, and form a nonprofit organization to promote awareness of schizophrenia and its effective treatments.…

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Medical Marijuana: 19th Century-Style

By Erik Messamore, MD, PhD / March 8, 2019

Everyone knew that cannabis was medicinal in 1880. They also knew that all medicines have side effects Cannabis feels like the new wonder drug. From what I gather by reading the news, it can treat a lot of diseases. I also hear that it’s very safe – especially, I’m told, if it’s being used for medicinal…

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Eskatamine is approved for depression, but this psychiatrist is sad

By Erik Messamore, MD, PhD / March 6, 2019

Depression is a serious illness… and lethal. About 10% of people with depression will commit suicide. The FDA just approved a “new” treatment for depression. It’s called eskatamine. I am all for more options to treat depression. But the story of esktamine reminds me that our society has a serious problem in moving useful treatments…

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Natural cures for schizophrenia?

By Erik Messamore, MD, PhD / November 8, 2018

Complementary, alternative, and dietary or nutritional treatments are popular because they suggest the possibility of cure illness without the side effects (or stigma) that might come from customary treatments. Despite their popularity, the effectiveness of such treatments for mental illness has not been well-studied in the medical literature. Lots of people would be willing to…

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Keto diet for schizophrenia

By Erik Messamore, MD, PhD / November 1, 2018

A dietary solution for symptoms of psychosis? This week, I’m preparing a short lecture with the title “Complementary, alternative, and nutritional treatments for schizophrenia.” I’ll be giving this lecture to an audience of clinicians who care for people affected by schizophrenia. (more about this lecture at the end of the letter) One of the reasons…

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