What Is Marinol?

People who are inquiring about medical marijuana may ask, what is Marinol? Before some states allowed legal smoking of marijuana for medical reasons, the only legal option was synthetic cannaboid. Marinol and Dronabinol are the trade names for cannaboid. Synthetic THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) is the ingredient that is provides relief of symptoms of a variety of medical conditions and produces the “high” that is associated with marijuana and cannaboid use. Marinol is administered orally in capsule or tablet form. There are many symptoms that Marinol can relieve, but there are side affects to consider.

Marinol Uses

A doctor must prescribed Marinol and it is regulated by the food and drug administration. Marinol is a synthetic form of THC that is used to relieve symptoms of cancer, AIDS, glaucoma, and other ailments. It is administered orally in pill form. The dosages are based on body size and the symptoms that it is expected to relieve. There may be withdrawal symptoms when Marinol is taken regularly for a length of time. They can also occur if the drug is taken in high doses. The withdrawal symptoms can include the following:

  • Irritability
  • Diarrhea
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Restlessness
  • Hot flashes

It can become addictive, especially in patience prone to substance abuse, which is why it is a controlled substance.

Marinol and the Law

Marinol is legal in many states. There are regulations on the manufacturing, distribution, prescribing, and administering of this drug in the states that it is legal in. Just because a drug is legally taken, it doesn’t guarantee it is acceptable to an employer when it shows up in a drug test. It may not be safe for you to be employed due to the side effects of the Marinol.

Side Effects of Marinol

There are a variety of side effects that are related to Marinol use. Some of the side effects are more noticeable than others. Side effects include the following:

  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Exaggerated sense of well-being
  • Lightheadedness
  • Headache
  • Dry mouth
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Unsteadiness
  • Clumsiness

The symptoms are usually mild and some may resemble they signs of smoking marijuana. Some symptoms may be more serious like paranoia, mental changes, forgetfulness, and hallucinations. Itching, a rash, and swelling are signs of serious side effects and medical care should be sought immediately.

The benefits of symptom relief must outweigh the side effects of taking Marinol.

Symptom Relief with Marinol

The synthetic HTC in Marinol is effective in relieving symptoms from a variety of medical issues. There are other chemicals in marijuana that are effective for anti-inflamation, anti-diarrhea, and pain relief that are not in Marinol. These are some of the conditions that Marinol can be used to treat the symptoms of the disease:

  • Chemotherapy
  • AIDS/HIV
  • Glaucoma

Some feel that Marinol is better than marijuana because it gives consistent dosing, but others prefer marijuana because of the other ingredients and prefer to smoke it.

Marinol is a legal and effective option to treating symptoms of a variety of medical symptoms.