Dronabinol and Nabilone: Two medications with synthetic cannabinoids that are approved
The Food and Drug Administration, however, has not approved marijuana for the treatment of any medical condition. Though, the FDA has approved two medications that contain synthetic cannabinoids in their formula, which are:
- Dronabinol (Marinol): Used in the treatment of nausea and vomiting provoked by chemotherapy and the loss of appetite and weight in patients with HIV/AIDS.
- Nabilone (Cesamet): Used exclusively to treat nausea and vomiting in people who undergo chemotherapy, and who can’t find relief through any other methods.
In contrast to other forms of medicinal cannabis, the active ingredient in these synthetic pharmaceuticals can be controlled, so the effects of the drug can be predicted and properly administered to any and all types of patients.