Genomic studies of cannabis use disorders have been limited. The cannabinoid receptor 1 gene (CNR1) on chromosome 6q14-15 is an excellent candidate gene for cannabis dependence due to the important role of the G-protein coupled receptor encoded by this gene in the rewarding effects of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol. Previous studies have found equivocal evidence for an association between SNPs in CNR1 and a general vulnerability to substance use disorders. We investigate the association between 9 SNPs spanning CNR1 and cannabis dependence in 1,923 individuals. Two SNPs that were previously associated with cannabis dependence in other studies were also significant with this phenotype in our analyses [rs806368 (P=0.05) and rs806380 (P=0.009)]. Haplotype analyses revealed the association to be largely driven by the SNP rs806380. These results suggest a role for the cannabinoid receptor 1 gene in cannabis dependence. © 2008 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Agrawal, A., Wetherill, L., Dick, D. M., Xuei, X., Hinrichs, A., Hesselbrock, V., … Foroud, T. (2009). Evidence for association between polymorphisms in the cannabinoid receptor 1 (CNR1) gene and cannabis dependence. American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics, 150(5), 736–740. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajmg.b.30881