Category: Federal Forum Posters
Purpose: Since marijuana has been legalized in several states for both medical and recreational use, more information on the relationship between marijuana use and psychosis would help health care providers safely counsel their patients. Cannabis is used by patients for a variety of conditions related to mental health, including PTSD, depression, and anxiety. Multiple studies have demonstrated a possible link between marijuana use and acute psychosis. This chart review aims to see if there is a correlation between marijuana use and increased risk of hospitalization for psychosis among Veterans admitted to the psychiatric ward.
Methods: This project will be a single-center retrospective chart review. Medical records for Veterans who were admitted to the psychiatric ward for psychosis- related conditions from January 1, 2018 to June 30,2018 will be reviewed. Data will be collected for age, gender, psychiatric diagnosis(es), type of psychiatric medication prescribed, reason for admission, and marijuana use history. Urine drug screen results will also be reviewed to collect information on recent marijuana use. The presence of other substances in the urine will be documented, but specific compounds present in the urine will not be recorded. To rule out admission from changes in medication or changes in medication dosage, pharmacy data will be reviewed as well. Data collected will be used to evaluate the frequency of Veterans admitted for psychosis-related conditions who have evidence of recent marijuana use. This frequency will be compared to that of admissions for subjects who did not use marijuana within the same time frame.
Results: Not applicable
Conclusion: Not applicable
Brandon Matacic– Pharmacy Resident, VA Portland, Portland, OR