Residual learning deficit after heavy exposure to cannabis or alcohol in rats

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Science  18 Jun 1976:
Vol. 192, Issue 4245, pp. 1249-1251
DOI: 10.1126/science.1273591


Acute oral administration of cannabis extract to rats (tetrahydrocannabinol dose, 10 milligrams per kilogram) impaired maze learning. The impairment was more marked after ten daily doses of the same size. After 1, 2, or 3 months' pretreatment with the same daily dose, followed by a 25-day drug-free period, no residual learning impairment was found. However, 6 months of daily administration of cannabis (tetrahydrocannabinol, 20 milligrams per kilogram) or alcohol (6 grams per kilogram) produced significant residual impairment of learning of maze and motor coordination tasks, 2 months or more after the last drug administration.