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Marijuana for HIV-Related Peripheral Neuropathy

This study has been completed.
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Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research Identifier:
First received: October 1, 2002
Last updated: June 12, 2007
Last verified: June 2007
To evaluate whether smoked marijuana reduces pain in people with HIV-related peripheral neuropathy.

Condition Intervention Phase
Peripheral Nervous System Diseases HIV Infections Drug: Smoked Marijuana Phase 1 Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effects of Marijuana on Neuropathic Pain in HIV-Related Peripheral Neuropathy: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study.

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Further study details as provided by Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in level of HIV-related neuropathic pain as recorded on a 100mm Visual Analog Scale.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in level of experimentally-induced pain.

Estimated Enrollment: 50
Study Start Date: January 2003
Estimated Study Completion Date: April 2005
Detailed Description:
The study will include subjects with peripheral neuropathy caused either by HIV-disease or antiretroviral medication for the treatment of HIV. A neurologist will conduct a neurological and pain evaluation to determine eligibility for the study. Subjects who meet all eligibility criteria will be admitted to the General Clinical Research Center at San Francisco General Hospital for seven days. Subjects will be randomized (like a toss of a coin) to smoke marijuana or a placebo (cigarettes with no THC).

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • HIV positive.
  • Be 18 years or older.
  • Diagnosis of HIV-related painful neuropathy.
  • Stable antiretroviral therapy or no antiretroviral therapy for at least 8 weeks.
  • Prior use of marijuana, at least 6 occasions in their lifetime prior to enrollment.


  • Current use of smoked tobacco products.
  • Current methadone treatment.
  • Use of smoked marijuana within 30 days of enrollment.
  • Diagnosis of diabetes mellitus.
  • Currently receiving treatment with corticosteroids.
  • Use of INH, dapsone or metronidazole within 8 weeks prior to enrollment.
  • Severe heart disease, uncontrolled high blood pressure or lung disease.
  • Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00046722

United States, California
University of California, San Francisco Community Consortium
San Francisco, California, United States, 94110
Sponsors and Collaborators
Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research
Principal Investigator: Donald I Abrams, M.D. UCSF Community Consortium
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Additional Information:
Publications: Identifier: NCT00046722     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: C00-SF-101
CC# 056
Study First Received: October 1, 2002
Last Updated: June 12, 2007

Keywords provided by Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research:
treatment experienced
complementary therapies
Peripheral Neuropathy
HIV-Related Peripheral Neuropathy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
HIV Infections
Peripheral Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Lentivirus Infections
Retroviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Virus Diseases
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes
Immune System Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases processed this record on September 21, 2017