Cannabis is a miracle drug. It cures cancer, it reverses damage from and/or treats:
You get the idea right?
Unfortunately, far too many pain patients must make the choice between cannabis and opioids. Even in states where medicinal and recreational cannabis is legal, patients are dismissed for having a positive urinalysis result for cannabis.
THC and CBD actually fight cancer cells. In DIPA/DIPG, the most deadly childhood cancer, they cause tumor cells to commit suicide and eat themselves. They can stretch out a six month prognosis into eight or more healthy years and, in rare cases, cannabis can be curative.
The federal government would have is believe that Marinol/dronabinol is a good alternative to herbal cannabis, but that's a bald-faced lie. Marinol is good for having a plausible reason for positioned urinalysis and to get way too high. Marinol only contains THC, no CBD and none of the other useful cannabinoids.
Even generic dronabinol is extremely expensive because it is synthetic THC created in a lab. The THC is suspended in deranged oil and encapsulated in gelatin. The oral route of absorption makes it extremely unpredictable.
Hopefully, Sativex will be approved soon because it actually contains two strains of cannabis, giving a roughly equal ratio of THC and CBD.
If our government approved Marinol (CIII), why are cannabis sativa and cannabis indica still CI?
Controlled Substance Summary
CI- high potential for abuse, no medical use, can't be prescribed (LSD, cannabis
CII- high potential for abuse (cocaine, codeine, methadone, morphine, fentanyl/Sublimaze/Duragesic/Actiq/OTFC/Fentora/Onsolis/Subsys/Lazanda/Abstral, alfentanil/Alfenta/Rapifen, remifentanil, sufentanil/Sufenta, oxymorphone/Opana, hydrocodone/Norco/Vicodin, hydromorphone/Dilaudid/Exalgo, oxycodone/OxyContin/OxyIR/Roxicodone, methamphetamine, amphetamines/Adderall, methylphenidate/Ritalin/Concerta)
CIII-moderate potential for abuse (Vicodin, Marinol/dronabinol)
CIV- low potential for abuse (alprazolam/Xanax, lorazepam/Ativan, diazepam/Valium
CV- codeine cough syrup, pseudoephedrine/Sudafed, Lyrica/pregabalin