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The Effect of Exercise on Craving and Cannabis Use in Individuals with Cannabis Use Disorder

Cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug and rates of hazardous use, and cannabis use disorders (CUDs), have continued to rise in recent years. Increased exposure produces higher risk for detrimental psychological and behavioral effects of cannabis use. Given this increased prevalence of problematic cannabis use, identifying effective behavioral strategies for individuals experiencing problems with addiction would offer significant benefits. Exercise, particularly resistance exercise, is a behavioral intervention with considerable potential as an adjunctive treatment for CUD. No prior study has investigated the effects of an acute bout of resistance exercise on cannabis craving and consumption, nor has prior research identified what psychobiological mechanisms may underlie these exercise potentiated effects. The aims of this proposal seek to address these issues by implementing an acute resistance exercise protocol in men and women who have severe cannabis use disorder. This proposal will examine the acute effects of resistance exercise on craving, mood, anxiety, and markers of reward and stress regulation. In addition, this proposal will examine the trajectory of these effects in the subsequent days.

There will be 8 in person visits, one pre and one post visit and 6 exercise visits. 4 weeks of saliva collection and questionnaires done by mobile phone.

Up to $100.00

Gwendolyn Thomas
Gwendolyn Thomas - at or 814-863-3172

18 year(s) or older
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Inclusion Criteria:
Cannabis Use
Between 18-30 years old
Recreationally trained
Able to read write English and complete study evaluations
Provide negative toxicology screenings for nicotine or alcohol at intake

Exclusion Criteria:
Women who are pregnant or lactating
Known endocrine disorder
Blood clotting disorders
Any psychiatric disorder or current psychiatric symptoms
Inability to give informed consent
Addiction & Substance Abuse
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State College, PA ,