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Journal of Addiction Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/ADM.0b013e31820cdd57
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Effects of Chronic, Heavy Cannabis Use on Executive Functions

Crean, Rebecca D. PhD; Tapert, Susan F. PhD; Minassian, Arpi PhD; MacDonald, Kai MD; Crane, Natania A. BA; Mason, Barbara J. PhD

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Abstract

This case describes the clinical course of a cannabis-dependent individual entering a 12-week abstinence-based research program. The case illustrates the effects of chronic, heavy cannabis use on executive functions at 3 time points: (1) 12 hours of abstinence; (2) 4 weeks of abstinence; and (3) 12 weeks of abstinence. It is followed by discussions by 2 clinical psychologists and a psychiatrist. The findings described here have important clinical implications, because executive functions have a vital role in treatment participation and in sustaining recovery. It should be of particular interest to clinicians who work with people with cannabis use disorders.

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