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Psychomotor function in chronic daily Cannabis smokers during sustained abstinence

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Background: The present study assessed psychomotor function in chronic, daily cannabis smokers during 3 weeks continuously monitored abstinence on a secure research unit. We hypothesized that psychomotor performance would improve during abstinence of chronic, daily cannabis smokers.

Methodology/Principal Findings: Performance on the critical tracking (CTT) and divided attention (DAT) tasks was assessed in 19 male chronic, daily cannabis smokers at baseline and after 8, 14-16 and 21-23 days of continuously monitored abstinence. Psychomotor performance was compared to a control group of non-intoxicated occasional drug users. Critical frequency (lambda(c)) of the CTT and tracking error and control losses of the DAT were the primary outcome measures. Results showed that chronic cannabis smokers' performance on the CTT (p

Conclusions/Significance: Sustained cannabis abstinence moderately improved critical tracking and divided attention performance in chronic, daily cannabis smokers, but impairment was still observable compared to controls after 3 weeks of abstinence. Between group differences, however, need to be interpreted with caution as chronic smokers and controls were not matched for education, social economic status, life style and race.

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  • 2-DIMENSIONAL GAS-CHROMATOGRAPHY, DELTA-9-TETRAHYDROCANNABINOL, DRIVING PERFORMANCE, MASS-SPECTROMETRY, MIRTAZAPINE, MOTOR CONTROL, ORAL FLUID, SIMULTANEOUS QUANTIFICATION, SLEEP, USERS
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Original languageEnglish
Article number53127
Number of pages7
JournalPLOS ONE
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2013