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Opiates and cannabinoids are among the most widely consumed habit-forming drugs in humans. Several studies have demonstrated the existence of interactions between both kind of drugs in a variety of effects and experimental models. The present study has been focused to determine whether perinatal delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta9-THC) exposure affects the(More)
We have previously shown that the acquisition rate of intravenous morphine self-administration under a fixed ratio one (FR1) schedule of reinforcement was greater in Lewis (LEW) than Fischer 344 (F344) rats. The purpose of the present experiment was to examine the relative motivational properties of morphine (1 mg/kg) or food under progressive ratio (PR)(More)
Dose-response studies are thought to be a valuable tool to predict the most genetically drug-vulnerable individuals. However, dose-response curves for morphine self-administration have not yet been examined and nor strain differences might be evident. Therefore, this study aimed to define the dose-response curve for morphine self-administration (0.25, 0.5,(More)
MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, "ecstasy") administration to mice produces relatively selective long-term neurotoxic damage to dopaminergic pathways. There is strong evidence indicating that the dopamine system plays a key role in the rewarding effects of ethanol and modulates ethanol intake. Using a two-bottle free-choice paradigm, we examined the(More)
Much research supports a link between stress and its concomitant hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis responses with behavioral sensitivity to psychoactive drugs. Our research demonstrates that Lewis inbred rats more readily acquire drug self-administration than Fischer 344 (F344) inbred rats and, compared to this strain, Lewis rats have hyporesponsive(More)
We have studied the possible interaction between the cannabinoid receptor agonist CP 55,940 (1 and 50 microg/kg) and the 5-HT1A receptor antagonist WAY 100635 (1 mg/kg) in the modulation of plus-maze and holeboard activity in Wistar adult male rats. In the plus-maze, the higher dose of CP 55,940 induced an anxiogenic-like effect, whereas the lower dose(More)
RATIONALE Despite the increasing use of cannabis among adolescents, there is scarce information about the long-term effects of cannabinoid receptor agonists in appropriate animal models. OBJECTIVES We aimed to investigate the behavioural features of adult male and female Wistar rats that had been exposed to a chronic treatment with the cannabinoid(More)
RATIONALE Accumbal excitatory amino acid (EAA) transmission has been implicated in cocaine addiction. However, the time course effects of extinction of cocaine self-administration on EAAs are unknown. OBJECTIVES The objective of this study was to define the time course of cocaine self-administration and extinction effects on glutamate and aspartate levels(More)
Early cannabinoid consumption may predispose individuals to the misuse of addictive drugs later in life. However, there is a lack of experimental evidence as to whether cannabinoid exposure during adolescence might differently affect opiate reinforcing efficacy and the opioid system in adults of both sexes. Our aim was to examine whether periadolescent(More)
Marijuana consumption during adolescence has been proposed to be a stepping-stone for adult cocaine addiction. However, experimental evidence for this hypothesis is missing. In this work we chronically injected male and female Wistar rats with either the cannabinoid agonist CP 55,940 (CP; 0.4 mg/kg) or its corresponding vehicle. Adult acquisition (seven 30(More)