Case study: withdrawal syndrome in adolescent chronic cannabis users

J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 1996 Dec;35(12):1618-21. doi: 10.1097/00004583-199612000-00013.


Cannabis use is common among adolescents and has recently been increasing, especially among young teenagers. Whether the reduction of cannabis in chronic heavy users results in a clinically significant withdrawal syndrome is controversial. This article presents three case vignettes supporting the view that chronic cannabis use by adolescents may result in a clinically significant withdrawal syndrome and that the associated physiological symptoms directly contribute to the persistent use of the substance.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Irritable Mood
  • Male
  • Marijuana Abuse / complications*
  • Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders / chemically induced
  • Substance Withdrawal Syndrome / drug therapy
  • Substance Withdrawal Syndrome / physiopathology*