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Medical Marijuana and Its Effects on Motor Function in People With Multiple Sclerosis

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02898974
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 13, 2016
Last Update Posted : January 17, 2018
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
William R. Shaffer, M.D.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Thorsten Rudroff, Colorado State University

Brief Summary:
Medical marijuana is commonly prescribed people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for symptom, e.g. spasticity and pain, management. Unfortunately not much is known about its effects outside the treatment for these 2 symptoms. Several previous studies have suggested people with MS using medical marijuana have lower levels of physical disability and improved walking abilities. A major limitation of these previous studies is that the investigators used subjective measures of motor function. In this proposed observational case-control study the investigators plan to objectively measure multiple domains of motor function, such as: fatigue, strength, and walking ability. No marijuana will be brought on to campus or given to participants.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Multiple Sclerosis Behavioral: Medical Marijuana

Detailed Description:
To investigate the effects of medical marijuana usage on physical function the investigators will employ an observational case-control design. Cases (MS medical marijuana users) will be compared to age, sex, and disease duration matched controls (MS non-cannabis users).

Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 19 participants
Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Medical Marijuana and Its Effects on Motor Function in People With Multiple Sclerosis: An Observational Case-control Study
Study Start Date : September 2016
Actual Primary Completion Date : October 2017
Actual Study Completion Date : October 2017

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Group/Cohort Intervention/treatment
Regular Medical Marijuana users
People with MS that are regular Medical Marijuana users
Behavioral: Medical Marijuana
To investigate the effects of medical marijuana usage on physical function we will employ an observational case-control design

Non Users of Medical Marijuana
People with MS that are non users of Medical Marijuana



Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Fatigue [ Time Frame: Through study completion, an average of 6 months. ]
    Strength decline during fatiguing muscle contraction measured with force transducer

  2. Muscle Strength [ Time Frame: Through study completion, an average of 6 months. ]
    Maximal muscle strength measured with force transducer

  3. Postural Stability [ Time Frame: Through study completion, an average of 6 months. ]
    Measured with force plates



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Ages Eligible for Study:   30 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Adults diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Medically diagnosed with MS,
  • 30-60 years of age,
  • Moderate disability (Patient Determined Disease Steps score 2-6).

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Relapse with the last 60 days,
  • High risk for cardiovascular disease (American College of Sports Medicine risk classification),
  • Changes in disease modifying medications within the last 45 days,
  • Concurrent neurological/neuromuscular disease,
  • Hospitalization within the last 90 days,
  • Inability to understand/sign informed consent.

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02898974


Locations
United States, Colorado
Department of Health and Exercise Science
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States, 80523
Sponsors and Collaborators
Colorado State University
William R. Shaffer, M.D.
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Thorsten Rudroff, Ph.D. Colorado State University

Responsible Party: Thorsten Rudroff, Assistant Professor, Colorado State University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02898974     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 16-6685HH
First Posted: September 13, 2016    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 17, 2018
Last Verified: January 2018
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis
Pathologic Processes
Demyelinating Autoimmune Diseases, CNS
Autoimmune Diseases of the Nervous System
Nervous System Diseases
Demyelinating Diseases
Autoimmune Diseases
Immune System Diseases