Medical Marijuana: Marijuana-based Medicines

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The impact of medical marijuana in the field of medicine and its undeniable and almost unbelievable effects in the management and even treatment of different kinds of diseases like cancer, epilepsy, eating disorders, mood disorders, glaucoma and others cannot be denied and just ignored. The use of marijuana in treating sickness isn’t new; it has been done even thousands of years ago.

Marijuana is now used medicinally but in different ways. Some would just roll a joint and smoke it, some would concoct a drink out of it (like tea), there are others who make cannabis oil and there are some who would just mix it with food to make taking it even more enjoyable. But we can’t deny that marijuana is still controversial and there is still a stigma attached to marijuana use, even medicinally. There are some who would refuse using medicinal marijuana because they don’t feel comfortable with it.

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And so to make taking medical marijuana even more convenient and to develop its effects, drugs or medicine derived from cannabis or made of man-made chemicals that mimic the action of cannabis on the body were made. Some of these drugs are not yet approved to be used by the general population, only in laboratories in research but they have demonstrated very promising effects.

Most of these medicines isolate and make use of the active ingredient of cannabis which is THC. This THC is the one responsible for the most desirable effect of marijuana. Here are some of the marijuana-based medicine.

Sativex

This has been made available and is a recommended drug in several countries. It is used to treat and manage cancer pain and also neuropathic pain but this is more commonly used for improving the symptom or treating spasticity brought about by a neurological disease called Multiple Sclerosis.

Marinol

This is made of man-made cannabinoids or synthetic THC. This is used to treat nausea and vomiting in patients who are undergoing chemotherapy. It is also used to manage weight loss and increase appetite and weight of patients who have HIV. This was also approved in Denmark as a treatment for Multiple Sclerosis.

Nabilone or Cesamet

Also contains synthetic THC and was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration in the year 1985 for treatment of nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy that cannot be managed by conventional anti emetics. It also has an analgesic effect which can effectively manage neuropathic pain. It is slightly effective in relieving fibromyalgia and Multiple Sclerosis symptoms.

Dexanabinol

Made out of synthetic cannabinoid but produces different effects since it does not act as an agonist of the receptors of cannabis in our body. It acts on a different site and so it produces an anticonvulsant effect and it also acts as a neuroprotector or the protector of the brain whenever it experiences a traumatic injury. Amazing, right? Yay Science!

HU 331

This medicine has been found to be a very potent as an anti-cancer drug although and is even less toxic in healthy cells than other anti-neoplastic agents out there.

Hu 308

This drug is effective in lowering blood pressure and it also has analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects.

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