Journal article

Withdrawal-like behaviour induced by inhibitors of biogenic amine reuptake in rats treated chronically with delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol.

AJ Verberne, DA Taylor, MR Fennessy

Psychopharmacology (Berl) | Published : 1980


The effects of the biogenic amine reuptake inhibitors fluoxetine, clomipramine and imipramine on the behaviour of rats after chronic treatment with delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta 9-THC) for 5 and 10 days were examined. Rats with permanently in-dwelling IV cannulae were injected twice daily with doses of delta 9-THC (2-6 mg/kg). delta 9-THC treatment reduced the rate of body weight gain and induced the typical biphasic modifications of behaviour. Tolerance developed to both of these effects. On days 6 and 11 of the experiment, rats were injected IP with 15 mg/kg imipramine HCl, clomipramine HCl or fluoxetine HCl, and behaviour, consisting of writhes, backward kicks, jumps and wet shakes,..

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