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Distress tolerance and cannabis craving: The impact of laboratory-induced distress.

A new interesting article has been published in Exp Clin Psychopharmacol. 2018 Oct 22. doi: 10.1037/pha0000231. [Epub ahead of print] and titled:

Distress tolerance and cannabis craving: The impact of laboratory-induced distress.

Authors of this article are:

Buckner JD, Walukevich Dienst K, Zvolensky MJ.

A summary of the article is shown below:

Low levels of distress tolerance have been identified as an important vulnerability factor for negative cannabis outcomes. The current study is the first known experimental manipulation of state distress to test whether distress tolerance interacts with state distress to predict the urge to use cannabis. Current cannabis users (N = 126; 88.9% with cannabis use disorder; 54.0% non-Hispanic Caucasian) were randomly assigned to a distress task condition or neutral (reading) task condition. Participants in the 2 conditions did not differ on distress tolerance, negative affect (NA), or craving at baseline. The distress tolerance × condition interaction significantly predicted task NA, such that low (but not high) distress tolerance was related to greater state NA throughout the task. The distress tolerance × condition interaction significantly predicted cannabis craving during the task, such that the distress condition was related to greater cannabis craving at lower (but not higher) levels of distress tolerance. In the distress condition, those who endorsed coping motives during the task reported lower distress tolerance. Together these findings suggest that individuals with lower distress tolerance experienced greater NA during a laboratory-induced distress and reported greater cannabis craving when NA was greatest during the task. This experimental study adds to a growing, but limited, literature implicating lower levels of distress tolerance to the maintenance and relapse of cannabis use. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2018 APA, all rights reserved).

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