A Preliminary Investigation of Pre-Frontal Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) for the Treatment of Cannabis Use Disorder

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    Stanford University
Updated on 7 August 2022


This investigation will preliminarily determine if a course of high-frequency rTMS applied to the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, will reduce behavioral craving, and fMRI cue-reactivity in treatment-seeking cannabis use disordered participants.


The overarching goal of this proposal is to investigate if a course of excitatory DLPFC rTMS results in reduced cannabis behavioral craving in treatment-seeking individuals with CUD (Aim1). Additionally, the investigators seek to explore the mechanistic underpinnings of any observed effect, by collecting functional magnetic resonance imaging data during cannabis cue administration before and after the treatment course (Aim 2). These aims will be addressed through a nine-week, double-blind, randomized, sham-controlled study in which 72 treatment-seeking cannabis use disordered participants (36/group) will be given 20 sessions of either Active or Sham excitatory rTMS applied to the DLPFC. rTMS will be delivered over five weeks (2 sessions each day, two days each week). rTMS will be applied in conjunction with a validated three-session Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) behavioral intervention.

Condition Cannabis Use Disorder
Treatment Sham rTMS, Active rTMS
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03144232
SponsorStanford University
Last Modified on7 August 2022

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