Marijuana pills have an absolute advantage over the damaging opioid pain pills. Cannabis is a safe alternative to the pills that cause long-term stomach and liver issues in the case of abuse. However, not all patients feel comfortable with smoking cannabis, and such methods of marijuana consumption as edibles or concentrates are too potent for them. For that reason, another way of marijuana consumption has been designed—marijuana-based pills. Taking into account that in America, every day 44 patients die from opioid painkiller overdose, it is time to weigh the alternatives.
Marinol and Cesamet
Nowadays, the market offers only two FDA-approved marijuana-based pills. The first one is Dronabinol, or Marinol, which is made of the synthetic delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. Approved by the FDA in 1992, Marinol is widely used by patients with cancer and AIDS. Among the effects of Marinol, patients note the treatment of nausea, the easing of vomiting caused by chemotherapy, and the stimulating of appetite according to the words of AIDS patients. The second prescribed marijuana pill is Naboline, commonly known as Cesamet. Though it is not as highly demanded as Marinol, it is still used by cancer patients who undergo chemotherapy. While Marinol contains synthetic THC, Cesamet is made of synthetic cannabinoid that is quite similar to that one found in the cannabis plant. The THC capsules are surely a decent option for patients who are trying to avoid smoking drugs. Though, medical experts have found that the use of the whole cannabis plant is far more effective than taking pills. Marinol takes from 90 to 120 minutes to bring you any effect, while smoking a joint gives relief to patients just in 15 minutes. However, the effect from marijuana pills is more long-lasting. The main disadvantage of these marijuana pills is that they contain only one component of the plant, while according to the experts’ arguments, the true medical value of cannabis comes from the entire plant that is full of cannabinoids and terpenoids working synchronously.