We often think that smoking or edibles are the only way to get THC. But did you know there’s a pill that can offer the same benefits? Scientists call it dronabinol (THC Pills) that can help people with certain medical conditions. The generic name is Marinol and it’s been around since 1985. Let’s learn more about this amazing way to use a THC pill.
History Of The THC Pills
Early on, it received approval for chemotherapy patients, and Marinol is now considered a Schedule 3 drug. Scientists created it by dissolving pure THC in sesame oil and then packed it into a pill. It helps quell nausea and boost appetite loss for patients with a variety of medical conditions.
Like edibles, the THC in a pill reacts differently in your body than smoking weed. The effects tend to be stronger and last longer. This makes Marinol a great choice for people who need help medically.
Dronabinol Benefits And Concerns
The THC pills are often recommended for cancer patients whose chemotherapy makes them nauseous. Many patients find they prefer taking a dronabinol pill over other anti-nausea medications. However, THC can create side effects for some individuals. Anxiety, depression, and dysphoria can occur, making the THC pill difficult to use.
Individuals who have HIV/AIDS can experience weight loss from a poor appetite, and Marinol can help. This allowed the FDA to approve it for these patients in 1995. However, some reported side effects like dizziness or abnormal thoughts.
Is It Just Like Weed?
A THC pill is not the same thing as a weed pill. Even though they both contain THC, they are different substances that offer different things. For example, Marinol only contains THC, making the effects strong. Marijuana, on the other hand, offers other compounds which can reduce the unpleasant effects that THC has on some people.
Dronabinol in general also takes longer to activate in the body. This makes it an interesting choice compared to smoking a joint, which kicks in fast. A THC pill also doesn’t give you room for flexibility. You decide how much of a joint to smoke. Marinol gives you one dose amount and that’s it.
The Future Of Marinol
A recent survey of Marinol patients brought about interesting results. Very few patients said they liked it, despite the fact that it does have beneficial attributes. Most likely, smoking weed is the preferred way to go when treating nausea or loss of appetite.
Doctors still prescribe dronabinol pills in the United States, but it is no longer recommended in Canada. Some countries rely on these THC pills as the only legal form of marijuana, but the US relies on them less and less. As weed becomes legalized in more countries, Marinol use might decline.
Have you used Marinol? How does it compare to smoking the real thing? In a pinch, it’s probably a good way to go, but there’s just something about smoking a joint that can’t be replaced with a pill.