Pharmacological Treatment of Cannabis Withdrawal and Dependence

Trial ID:
IRB-11-5686
Barbara Mason
The primary objective of this application is to test the neurobehavioral mechanisms and effects of aprepitant as a new cessation agent for cannabis, tobacco or both.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Must meet DSM-IV/ICD-10 criteria for cannabis abuse or dependence
  • Must be non-treatment seeking individuals
  • Participant does not meet DSM-IV criteria for any current (i.e., criteria met at any point in the past 30 days) dependence on a substance other than alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, or marijuana or physiological dependence on alcohol requiring medical detoxification.
  • No subjects who have trouble reading the English language or visual or hearing problems that may interfere with the collection of data
  • Not currently taking other medications (with the exception of oral contraceptives) that would preclude safe participation in this study
  • Must test negative for pregnancy prior to inclusion
  • females using birth control pills must agree to use a condom during intercourse for 1 month after participation in study because the study medication will decrease the effectiveness of the birth control pill rendering it ineffective
  • Should be in general good health
  • No evidence of recent use of other illicit drugs on a urine toxicity screen prior to admission

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Major current (within last 90 days) Axis I psychopathology (e.g., major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia)
  • Presence of significant medical illness (e.g., diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, cancer, epilepsy, kidney disease)
  • Current, repeated illicit drug use (other than marijuana)
  • Subject is breastfeeding or pregnant
  • Concurrent therapy with drugs known to inhibit CYP3A4 activity
  • Request for drug treatment
  • Current parole or probation
  • Recent history of significant violent or suicide behavior
  • Allergic to sesame oil