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The Effect of Prescription Medications in Marijuana Users

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified May 2009 by Johns Hopkins University.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
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First received: April 30, 2009
Last updated: July 15, 2011
Last verified: May 2009
A subset of heavy marijuana users have trouble quitting marijuana use and the number of those seeking treatment for problems related to marijuana is increasing. The purpose of this research study is to investigate whether certain medications can reduce withdrawal effects associated with stopping marijuana use, if they can reduce the rewarding effects of smoked marijuana, and whether there are any cognitive performance deficits associated with the medications that produce such effects.

Condition Intervention Phase
Marijuana Abuse
Drug: bupropion, diazepam, dronabinol, ramelteon (Investigational Drug)
Phase 1
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: The Effect of Prescription Medications in Marijuana Users

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Further study details as provided by Johns Hopkins University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • marijuana withdrawal [ Time Frame: Every day during study participation ]
  • subjective effects of smoked marijuana [ Time Frame: Every 5-9 days ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • cognitive performance [ Time Frame: Every 5-9 days ]

Estimated Enrollment: 21
Study Start Date: April 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date: October 2011
Estimated Primary Completion Date: October 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: Marijuana Use
Period during which participants are free to self administer marijuana
Experimental: Marijuana Abstinence
Period during which marijuana use is prohibited and study medication is administered
Drug: bupropion, diazepam, dronabinol, ramelteon (Investigational Drug)
multiple doses of an investigational drug administered three times per day, double blind during brief periods of marijuana abstinence
Other Names:
  • buproprion
  • diazepam
  • dronabinol
  • ramelteon


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • current use of marijuana
  • able to give informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • dependence on drug other than marijuana
  • pregnant, breast feeding, or planning to become pregnant within the next 3 months
  • currently seeking treatment for cannabis-related problems or otherwise trying to reduce use
  • use of cannabis under the guidance of a physician for a medical disorder
  • unstable or uncontrolled cardiovascular disease (e.g., hypertension, angina)
  • allergy to study medication
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00893074

Contact: Sarah Ilk 410-550-0007

United States, Maryland
Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit Recruiting
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21224
Contact: Sarah Ilk    410-550-0007      
Principal Investigator: Ryan Vandrey, Ph.D.         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Johns Hopkins University
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Principal Investigator: Ryan Vandrey, Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Ryan Vandrey, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Identifier: NCT00893074     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NA_00026278
R01DA025044 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: April 30, 2009
Last Updated: July 15, 2011

Keywords provided by Johns Hopkins University:
acute effects
cognitive performance
Marijuana Use
Marijuana Abstinence

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Marijuana Abuse
Substance-Related Disorders
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Mental Disorders
Adjuvants, Anesthesia
Autonomic Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Gastrointestinal Agents
Hypnotics and Sedatives
Central Nervous System Depressants
Muscle Relaxants, Central
Neuromuscular Agents
Anti-Anxiety Agents
Tranquilizing Agents
Psychotropic Drugs
Anesthetics, Intravenous
Anesthetics, General
GABA Modulators
GABA Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Analgesics, Non-Narcotic processed this record on April 24, 2017