Cannabis withdrawal among non-treatment-seeking adult cannabis users

Marc L. Copersino, Susan J. Boyd, Donald P. Tashkin, Marilyn A. Huestis, Stephen J. Heishman, John C. Dermand, Michael S. Simmons, David A. Gorelick

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Abstract

This study investigates the clinical significance of a cannabis withdrawal syndrome in 104 adult, non-treatment-seeking, primarily cannabis users who reported at least one serious attempt to stop using cannabis. Retrospective self-report data were obtained on eighteen potential cannabis withdrawal symptoms derived from the literature, including co-occurrence, time course, and any actions taken to relieve the symptom. Study findings provide evidence for the clinical significance of a cannabis withdrawal syndrome, based on the high prevalence and co-occurrence of multiple symptoms that follow a consistent time course and that prompt action by the subjects to obtain relief, including serving as negative reinforcement for cannabis use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-14
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal on Addictions
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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