UCSF Seeking Patients for Medical Marijuana Research 2/13/04

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The University of California, San Francisco is seeking volunteers for two important medical marijuana studies. Both studies are being conducted at San Francisco General Hospital but are open to participants from anywhere who are able to travel to San Francisco to participate.

HIV-RELATED PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY:

Peripheral neuropathy is a painful condition sometimes caused by the AIDS virus or by medicines used to treat HIV/AIDS. This study will examine marijuana's effectiveness at treating the pain caused by this condition. This is an *inpatient* study: Participants must able to spend seven days and nights in a San Francisco General Hospital inpatient research unit, and they must also be HIV-positive, age 18 or over, be diagnosed with HIV-related peripheral neuropathy, and not be cigar or cigarette smokers. There are additional entry criteria as well. Volunteers can receive up to $650 for participating. For more detailed information about this study, please call Hector Vizoso, RN, at (415) 476-9554 ext. 366 or see http://www.mpp.org/pdf/study1.pdf online.

NAUSEA CAUSED BY TREATMENT FOR BREAST CANCER:

This study will compare marijuana to Marinol (the prescription THC pill) and a placebo for treatment of nausea caused by chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer. This is an outpatient study. Participants must be female, age 18 or older, be experiencing nausea rated as moderate or worse from breast cancer chemotherapy, and not be cigar or cigarette smokers. There are additional entry criteria as well. For more detailed information about this study, please call Jill Israel at (415) 502-5240 or see http://www.mpp.org/pdf/study2.pdf online.

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