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January 19, 1970

Intravenous Administration Of Marihuana

Author Affiliations

St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center of New York

JAMA. 1970;211(3):501. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170030093020

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To the Editor:—  By virtue of our location in the Greenwich Village area of New York city, we see a great deal of drug misuses and abuses. Our experience with one case is quite similar to that of Drs. King and Cowen, (210:724, 1969). However, there are some notable differences. Described below is another case of intravenous injection of marihuana.

Report of a Case:—  A 22-year-old man, an admitted drug addict (methamphetamine hydrochloride [Methedrine], marihuana, STP [which derives its name from scientifically treated petroleum and chemically is Dom-4-Methyl-2, 5 Dimethoxy-A-Methylphenethylamine], mescaline, and lysergic acid diethylamide [LSD 25]), was admitted to St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center of New York on Sept 29, 1969. The afternoon before, the patient had taken ten ethchlorvynol tablets (2.0 gm). At 8 PM he self-administered 100 mg of methamphetamine hydrochloride intravenously. At approximately 5 AM, Sept 29, he mixed marihuana leaves and tap water