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NCJ Number: 221467 Find in a Library
Title: Prospective Assessment of Cannabis Withdrawal in Adolescents With Cannabis Dependence: A Pilot Study
Journal: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry  Volume:47  Issue:2  Dated:February 2008  Pages:174-179
Author(s): Robert Milin M.D.; Ian Manion Ph.D.; Glenda Dare Ph.D.; Selena Walker M.A.
Date Published: February 2008
Page Count: 6
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The objective of this study was to identify and assess withdrawal symptoms in adolescents with cannabis dependence.
Abstract: Results indicate that withdrawal symptoms in adolescents were most pronounced up to 2 weeks’ duration with some persisting for as long as 1 month. Symptoms of withdrawal included anxiousness, irritability, appetite changes, restlessness, sleeping difficulties, tension, thoughts and cravings for cannabis, and twitches and shakes. Most withdrawal symptoms were endorsed with a high degree of frequency. The results support the presence of clinically significant cannabis withdrawal symptoms in adolescents with cannabis dependence seeking substance abuse treatment, as well as the vulnerability of adolescents to cannabis dependence with physiological symptoms. It is important to ascertain whether cannabis withdrawal is present in adolescents as a marker of dependence. This study conducted an assessment of withdrawal symptoms and identification of functioning in 21 adolescents voluntarily entering residential and day/outpatient substance abuse programs with cannabis dependence. References
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug abusers
Index Term(s): Adolescent chemical dependency; Adolescents at risk; Drug effects; Drug withdrawal; Marijuana
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