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Marijuana for HIV-Related Peripheral Neuropathy

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research Identifier:
First received: October 1, 2002
Last updated: June 12, 2007
Last verified: June 2007
October 1, 2002
June 12, 2007
January 2003
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Change in level of HIV-related neuropathic pain as recorded on a 100mm Visual Analog Scale.
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Complete list of historical versions of study NCT00046722 on Archive Site
Change in level of experimentally-induced pain.
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Marijuana for HIV-Related Peripheral Neuropathy
Effects of Marijuana on Neuropathic Pain in HIV-Related Peripheral Neuropathy: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study.
To evaluate whether smoked marijuana reduces pain in people with HIV-related peripheral neuropathy.
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).
Phase 1
Phase 2
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
  • Peripheral Nervous System Diseases
  • HIV Infections
Drug: Smoked Marijuana
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Abrams DI, Jay CA, Shade SB, Vizoso H, Reda H, Press S, Kelly ME, Rowbotham MC, Petersen KL. Cannabis in painful HIV-associated sensory neuropathy: a randomized placebo-controlled trial. Neurology. 2007 Feb 13;68(7):515-21.

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
April 2005
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  • 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.
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
United States
CC# 056
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Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research
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Principal Investigator: Donald I Abrams, M.D. UCSF Community Consortium
Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research
June 2007

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