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June 1, 1970

Marihuana Psychosis

Author Affiliations

Stockton, Calif

JAMA. 1970;212(9):1527. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170220081027

To the Editor.—  In a recent article on "Marihuana Psychosis," Talbott and Teague remark, "to our knowledge, the only report describing individuals studied while experiencing adverse reactions to smoking marihuana is that of Bromberg in 1934." (210:299, 1969) I thought it worthwhile to describe a case of "marihuana psychosis" recently seen during the phase of "acute intoxication" (terms used by Bromberg in his by now classical article The Journal in 1939.1

Report of a Case.—  A 22-year-old white woman was brought to the state hospital by a peace officer on New Year's Eve. At the time of admission she was highly apprehensive, crying and laughing alternately, and refusing to be interviewed. A companion reported that the patient became suddenly disturbed, and began screaming uncontrollably shortly after smoking of two marihuana "joints." The patient trembled and expressed fear of dying.The emergency treatment at the hospital consisted of "tender