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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 52  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 236-242

Cannabis dependence: Effects of cannabis consumption on inter-regional cerebral metabolic relationships in an Indian population

1 Department of Psychiatry, Seth GS Medical College and King Edward Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, India
2 Radiation Medicine Centre, BARC, Mumbai, India

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Shubhangi R Parkar
Department of Psychiatry, Chief: Bombay Drug Deaddiction Center, G.S. Medical College and King Edward Memorial Hospital, Parel, Mumbai - 400 012
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.70976

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Background: The effects of cannabis consumption on neurophysiological function have been a matter of considerable debate. With the legalization of medical marijuana, understanding the consequences of cannabis dependence has become extremely important. Aim: We attempted to understand the influence of cannabis on cerebral glucose metabolism in certain predetermined regions of interest (ROIs). Furthermore, we also explored inter-regional metabolic relationships between ROIs forming the "addiction" and "cognitive dysmetria" circuit. Materials and Me thods: 2-fluoro, 2-deoxy-glucose positron emission tomography (FDG PET) scans were carried out in 16 male patients (age: 25.3±10.38 years) with cannabis dependence, 8-12 hours after the last cannabis consumption. Resting glucose uptake in 14 pre-determined ROIs was compared with glucose uptake in 16 non-drug using volunteers (age: 29.2±8.39 years). Results: The two groups differed in their lateral and medial temporal glucose uptakes by approximately 16-24%. The relationships between inter-regional glucose uptakes in the two circuits were compared using the Chow Test. Significant differences in inter-regional correlations in the medial temporo-frontal and parieto-thalamic were noted between the two groups. Conclusion: The altered metabolic relationships among various brain regions can have potentially important implications for understanding cannabis dependence and cannabis-induced psychopathology.



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