Marinol is a medication with the active ingredient, Dronabinol, which is a synthetic form of THC. Its applications are to treat cancer patients who are suffering from chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. For those who are severely under weight, Marinol is also used to treat AIDS patients.
The dosage for Marinol and generic Dronabinol come in capsules of 2.5 mg, 5 mg, and 10 mg strengths. These medications take approximately 30 minutes to roughly an hour to kick in, with peak effects occurring at 2 – 4 hours.
Oral Marinol is available as generic Dronabinol with a cash price of about $250 for a typical prescription of sixty 2.5 mg capsules. However, the brand-name Marinol, costs about three times more at $750 for the same prescription.
The main distinction between Marinol and marijuana is that Marinol is approved by the FDA for medical uses, whereas marijuana has not been approved for medical use at all at the federal level. It should be noted that Marinol does not hold all the potency components of the full marijuana plant. Marinol is the synthetic version of THC which is one of over 60 cannabinoids found in Cannabis Sativa. Of the two cannabinoids in marijuana that have been studied for its medicinal uses, they are THC and cannabidiol.
And while it hasn’t been widely studied, the use of medical marijuana to treat excruciating cancer pain is still very highly controversial. In one study for cancer patients suffering with pain, that accounts for more than 90% of the qualifying stipulations for use of medicinal marijuana. And so far the results do indicate that smoking marijuana along with taking traditional pain medications for those patients with cancer-related discomfort may be quite effective.
Other areas of pain study using Marinol have been for post-surgical pain, nerve-related pain, and chronic non-cancer related pain. But for the first two types of pain, Marinol was not found to be any more effective at treating pain than a placebo. Of the few occasional studies that have been conducted thus far, smoked marijuana was found to be far greater at alleviating pain than a placebo.
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The marinol I’ve been taking to help with the nausea from chemotherapy treatment has really been helping me.