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Comparing the Effects of Smoked and Oral Marijuana in Individuals With HIV/AIDS

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00079560
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 10, 2004
Last Update Posted : January 11, 2017
Information provided by:
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Brief Summary:
Smoked marijuana (MJ) and dronabinol (also known as THC or by the trade name Marinol) are used to increase appetite, food intake, and weight in patients with HIV who experience unintended weight loss. This study will compare the effects of MJ and Marinol use in marijuana smokers who are HIV infected.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
HIV Infections Drug: dronabinol Phase 1 Phase 2

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has indicated that access to an investigational treatment associated with this study is available outside the clinical trial.  

Detailed Description:

Little is known about the efficacy and tolerability of oral THC versus smoked MJ in a clinically relevant population. Additionally, it is not clear how THC's effects vary as a function of the duration of treatment or the patient's current patterns of smoked MJ use. This study directly compares 3 doses of smoked marijuana and 3 doses of Marinol across a range of behavioral measures in HIV infected marijuana smokers.

Outcome measures will include analysis of food intake, body composition, mood, physical symptoms (e.g., nausea, stomach pain), psychomotor task performance, and sleep.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 30 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: THC and Marijuana--Effects in Individuals With HIV/AIDS
Study Start Date : December 2001
Primary Completion Date : August 2004
Study Completion Date : August 2005

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus related topics: HIV/AIDS Marijuana
Drug Information available for: Dronabinol
U.S. FDA Resources

Intervention Details:
    Drug: dronabinol
    dronabinol to prevent development of marijuana withdrawal

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. daily caloric intake [ Time Frame: daily measure of colories ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years to 50 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria

  • HIV infected
  • Smoke marijuana
  • Taking HIV medications

Exclusion criteria

  • Naive marijuana smokers
  • People with history of respiratory/pulmonary disease

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00079560

United States, New York
New York State Psychiatric Institute
New York, New York, United States, 10032
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Principal Investigator: Margaret Haney, PhD New York State Psychiatric Institute

Responsible Party: Jag H. Khalsa, Ph.D., National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00079560     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1R01DA012698-01A1 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: March 10, 2004    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 11, 2017
Last Verified: October 2008

Keywords provided by National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA):
Oral THC
Complementary Therapies

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Marijuana Abuse
Cannabinoid Receptor Agonists
Cannabinoid Receptor Modulators
HIV Infections
Lentivirus Infections
Retroviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Virus Diseases
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes
Immune System Diseases
Substance-Related Disorders
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Mental Disorders
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Psychotropic Drugs
Analgesics, Non-Narcotic
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists