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

2014-08-27 03:54:31 | BioPortfolio

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.

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 Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Placebo Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator), Primary Purpose: Treatment

Conditions

HIV Infections

Intervention

dronabinol

Location

New York State Psychiatric Institute
New York
New York
United States
10032

Status

Completed

Source

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:54:31-0400

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