Pot pill: Smokeless pain relief

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pot2Unless there is some recognized analgesic effect of rolling a joint, lighting it up and deeply inhaling the by-products of marijuana combustion, then it stands to reason that you could distill the psychoactive ingredient of marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol, and formulate it into, say, a capsule. Doing so would combine the relief that comes with smoked marijuana with the ease of a pill and the quality control that comes with approval by the Food and Drug Administration.

Poof! Up in smoke goes the debate about medical marijuana.

Let me introduce you to dronabinol. It turns out that the miracle that is modern psychopharmacology has now shown it IS possible to render pot’s analgesic effects into capsule form. And according to a new study, it works just as well as smoked marijuana at tamping down pain. But the capsule’s effects last longer, and they come with fewer of the “abuse-related subjected effects” (i.e., feeling high) than does smoked marijuana.

For the complete Los Angeles Times story, go here.

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  • Kittenfuud

    This is nothing new! They made & marketed pharmaceutical cannibis capsules in the 80s that looked like vitamin E pills. My friend (God rest her soul,) had cancer & was prescribed them. Why does the media do this?! Instead, it should research (now THERE'S an idea!) before printing an article that makes it sound like this is a new thing. It's NOT. And "the quality control that comes with the approval of the FDA" – ???! Now THAT makes me feel warm & fuzzy.

  • Smiles

    There are more than one cannabinoid in marijuana…some people seek higher CBD levels for instance. So, to say that the argument for medical marijuana is "up in smoke", is misleading and (honestly) a bit insulting to people who are more educated in the topic than a so-called-journalist who makes tongue-in-cheek comments about something that others feel passionately about. Also, as stated above; Dronabinol (Marinol) has been available in the US for over a decade…

  • Chemo Ken

    Tell me… How does a pill help a cancer patient who is so nauseous from chemotherapy and/or radiation that he or she cannot keep down the slightest amount of anything edible? The munchies might just be what the doctor ordered. Consider also a person with Crohn's disease, who has lost so much of the digestive tract that there is nowhere for one of Big Pharma's "alternatives" to be absorbed. The competition has no answer, only megabucks to suppress what may be a natural blessing to the sick and the dying. Follow the money.

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