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NIDA Researchers Find That Animals Exposed To Marijuana's Active Component Will Self-Administer The Drug

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October 18, 2000
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Scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) have demonstrated that laboratory animals will self-administer marijuana's psychoactive component, THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), in doses equivalent to those used by humans who smoke the drug. Self-administration of drugs by animals, long considered a model of human drug-seeking behavior, is characteristic of virtually all addictive and abused drugs.

Scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) have demonstrated that laboratory animals will self-administer marijuana's psychoactive component, THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), in doses equivalent to those used by humans who smoke the drug. Self-administration of drugs by animals, long considered a model of human drug-seeking behavior, is characteristic of virtually all addictive and abused drugs.


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NIH-National Institute On Drug Abuse. "NIDA Researchers Find That Animals Exposed To Marijuana's Active Component Will Self-Administer The Drug." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 18 October 2000. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/10/001017073204.htm>.
NIH-National Institute On Drug Abuse. (2000, October 18). NIDA Researchers Find That Animals Exposed To Marijuana's Active Component Will Self-Administer The Drug. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 16, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/10/001017073204.htm
NIH-National Institute On Drug Abuse. "NIDA Researchers Find That Animals Exposed To Marijuana's Active Component Will Self-Administer The Drug." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/10/001017073204.htm (accessed April 16, 2014).

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