Pharmaceutical Medical Marijuana
Marinol and Sativex
Problems with Pharmaceuticals
- Slow onset time—While inhaled marijuana takes effect within minutes, pharmaceuticals like Marinol can take up to an hour to produce the desired effect.
- Dosing issues—Many medical marijuana patients are able to easily control their own dosage by inhaling just enough medicine to relieve their symptoms while experiencing few of the side effects associated with heavy doses. With Marinol, even a single pill can provide a heavier dose than many patients need, relieving their symptoms but also causing unpleasant side effects.
- Complex chemistry of marijuana—THC is only one of many cannabinoids found in marijuana. While much research is still being done on cannabinoids, the ways in which they work together is not fully understood. But most patients experience better results from whole plant therapies. For example, cannabidiol mitigates some of the psychoactive effects of THC while leaving its therapeutic value unchanged. Pharmaceuticals like Marinol simply don’t have the same synergistic effects of multiple cannabinoids working together.
For these reasons, many doctors who prescribe marijuana favor whole-plant therapies over pharmaceutical cannabinoids.
Marijuana Doctors in New Mexico
Many so-called “medical marijuana doctors” may practice alternative medicine, or have full-service medical practices. At Albuquerque Integrative Medicine, we concentrate on one thing: helping qualified patients gain access to New Mexico’s medical cannabis program.