Last updated on: 10/23/2009 | Author:

Alyson Schuster, MPH, MBA Biography

Research Associate at Johns Hopkins HealthCare, LLC
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"

“[T]he effects of smoked marijuana on emesis were mild. Marijuana had a modest effect on nausea, queasiness and emesis in this model of nausea induced by syrup of ipecac. The comparison drug, ondansetron, totally eliminated both the subjective feelings of nausea and the emesis. These findings confirm clinical reports that smoked marijuana can reduce nausea, but relative to the potent effects of ondansetron and because of its psychoactivity, its usefulness in the clinical setting is likely to be limited.”

Cowritten with Anna H.V. S√∂derpalm and Harriet de Wit, “Antiemetic Efficacy of Smoked Marijuana,” Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, Feb. 12, 2001

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Research Associate, Johns Hopkins HealthCare, LLC
  • President, Public Health Student Association, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2001-2002
  • MPH, Community Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2003
  • MBA, Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Recipient, Chancellor’s Student Service Award, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2002
  • Recipient, National Institute on Drug Abuse Women and Gender Travel Award for the presentation “Effects of Gender on Initial Treatment Engagement in a Hospital-based Addiction Clinic,” June 22, 2000
Quoted in:
  1. Is Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Reducing Nausea and Vomiting from Chemotherapy?