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.
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.
- HIV infected
- Smoke marijuana
- Taking HIV medications
- Naive marijuana smokers
- People with history of respiratory/pulmonary disease