What Do I Do After Asking? | Medication Management

This resource was developed for the Behavioral Health Module of the Adolescent Provider Toolkit and can be downloaded for free from the following website:

Adolescent Health Working Group -- www.ahwg.org

The website focuses on adolescent mental health and substance use conditions.

The worksheet to the right focuses on potential treatment options for adolescent smoking cessation and includes important considerations when exploring treatment options with adolescents who demonstrate tobacco dependence AND an intention to quit.

Medication Management for Cannabis Use Disorder (CUD)

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At the moment there are no FDA-approved medications for treating cannabis use disorder.  Research in this area continues to evolve. 

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), there are medications that could alleviate reported withdrawal symptoms from cannabis use disorder. 

Refer to the table to the right to receive a quick overview of a few medications being studied for it's effectiveness.     


Most Effective Quit Method is Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and other behavioral treatments have shown promise. 

Read more about these therapies by clicking here


Buspirone: anti-anxiety/anti-stress medication

Gabapentin: anti-epileptic drug that may improve sleep and, possibly, executive function

Zolpidem: sleep aid

General Withdrawal

FAAH inhibitors: chemicals which may reduce withdrawal by inhibiting the breakdown of endocannabinoids.

N-acetylcysteine: nutritional supplement which may reduce withdrawal by inhibiting the breakdown of the body’s own cannabinoids

Future Research

Allosteric modulators: substances that interact with cannabinoid receptors to inhibit THC’s rewarding effects