October 13, 1969

Marihuanann PsychosisAcute Toxic Psychosis Associated With the Use of Cannabis Derivatives

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Community Psychiatry, St. Luke's Hospital Center, New York (Dr. Talbott), and the Department of Social Community Psychiatry, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, Los Angeles (Dr. Teague).

JAMA. 1969;210(2):299-302. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03160280039006

A clinical syndrome of acute psychosis associated with Cannabis derivatives and environmental stress has been observed in 12 soldiers seen in Vietnam. Each case was characteristic of acute toxic psychosis with organic features and ten cases had paranoid features as well. Factors unique to Vietnam and combat situations seem pertinent; treatment was conservative and supportive.