Center for Addiction Medicine

Participate in a Study

Clinical research is at the heart of all medical advances. At the MGH Center for Addiction Medicine, we aim to develop new and effective treatments for drug use disorders and to understand the effects of drug use on the brain and body. It is your participation that helps researchers to ultimately uncover better ways to treat and prevent drug use disorders and to understand the effects of drugs on the brain. We have the highest standards for protection of the confidentiality and privacy of all study participants.

Visit the National Institute of Health’s website for more information on clinical research trials. Learn about what this kind of study is, why people participate, and what the experience was like for both volunteers and researchers.

Studies at MGH-CAM seeking volunteers

To inquire about participating, please see the list below, organized by category. Use the contact information provided for the study in which you’re interested.

MARIJUANA SMOKERS

Studies in adolescents who do or do not use marijuana

Adolescent Cognition and Health, PI: Randi Schuster, Ph.D. The purpose of this study is to understand how cognition may change when adolescents stop using marijuana. The project aims to understand how (or if) marijuana influences one’s thinking abilities. Individuals who use and who do not use marijuana, and are between the ages of 10 and 19, are being asked to participate.

Visit https://rally.partners.org/study/arches or call (617) 643-3575 to see if you are eligible.

Studies in adolescents who use marijuana

Contingency Management for Six Months of Cannabis Abstinence among Adolescents, PI: Randi Schuster, Ph.D. This pilot study will examine whether cognitive change over six months of cannabis abstinence is associated with improved real-world academic performance and brain functioning in adolescents. You must be between the ages of 13 and 20 to participate.

Visit https://rally.partners.org/study/mars or call (617) 643-3575 to see if you are eligible.

OPIOID USERS

Studies in adults who use opioid medication for pain management

Evaluation of Medical Cannabis and Prescription Opioid Taper Support for Reduction of Pain and Opioid Dose in Patients with Chronic Non-Cancer Pain, PI: Jodi Gilman, Ph.D. The purpose of this study is to assess whether medical marijuana, when added to a behavioral prescription opioid taper support program, improves pain and reduces opioid dose in adults on COT for CNCP more so than the behavioral intervention alone. You must be between the ages of 18 and 75 and use opioid medication for pain management to participate.

Visit https://rally.partners.org/study/potsmm or call (617) 643-1984 to see if you are eligible.