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n. in DSM-IV-TR, refers to a set of cognitive, physiological, and behavioral symptoms which outwardly indicate continued use of cannabis. Occurring in clusters, this behavioral pattern leads from tolerance to withdrawal once the use is stopped. The urge becomes uncontrollable and there is motor agitation. See cannabis abuse.

CANNABIS DEPENDENCE: "Although most people are tolerant to the repeated use of cannabis, there are those who develop a pattern of cannabis dependence, made even more difficult by withdrawal symptoms."

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