10 Cannabis-derived pharmaceuticals approved for sale

Published Apr 18, 2019 12:37 p.m. ET

It’s pretty incredible to think about how far we have come in such a short period in which medical marijuana has been accessible to so many people. Most hear the term medical marijuana and think of the pure cannabis bud flowers that are often smoked, condensed into concentrates, or decarboxylated and baked into delicious edibles, but the industry has come a long way from offering only plant materials to patients. Now, thanks to investors, innovation, science, research and overwhelming acceptance of and love for cannabis has introduced hundreds of pharmaceutical products that doctors can prescribe to patients to treat a variety of symptoms. Here we will show you ten of the most widely used, and most effective pharmaceutical alternatives that you might want to ask your healthcare provider about next time you find yourself being offered a side effect laden chemical concoction to manage your condition’s symptoms.

1. Nabilone - THC patch (synthetic)

Maker: Valeant Pharmaceuticals

Availability: Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Australia, and in the United States.

Uses: Approved for the treatment of nausea, pain, and lack of appetite for cancer patients.

2. Epidiolex- CBD oral liquid

Maker: GW Pharmaceuticals

Availability: The United States, Canada, Austria, and the United Kingdom.

Uses: Approved for the treatment of patients with epilepsy, and other sporadic seizure disorders.

3. Marinol - THC pills

Maker: Unimed Pharmaceuticals

Availability: Denmark, United Kingdom, and in Canada.

Uses: Approved for the treatment of nausea, lack of appetite, and pain relief for those with cancer, AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis, and other neuropathic pain.

4. Cannabinor - CBD pills

Maker: Pharmos

Availability: United Kingdom, Mexico, Canada, and Denmark.

Uses: Approved for use as an anti-inflammatory in patients who suffer from lack of bladder control, and chronic or neuropathic pain.

5. Dexanabinol - THC pills & THC patches

Maker: Solvay Pharmaceuticals

Availability: The United Kingdom, and in Canada

Uses: Approved for use as a neuropathic to protect the patient's brain after trauma and injury.  

6. Pur - CBD gum

Maker: Pur Lifestyle Co.

Availability: Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Mexico, Italy, Denmark, Australia, Austria, Spain, Europe, Germany, Norway, Poland, and in Sweden.

Uses: CBD gum is often used for medicinal purposes as the CBD acts as an anti-inflammatory, mood regulator, blood sugar regulator, and other powerfully therapeutic benefits.  

7. Releaf Patches - THC patch

Maker: PAPA & BARKLEY

Availability: 12 states in the US, Canada, Europe, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Germany, and in the United Kingdom.

Uses: Approved for the treatment of nausea, pain, and lack of appetite for cancer patients.

8. Idrasil Tablets- THC pills

Maker: iDrasil RX

Availability: California, Canada, and 3 states in the US.

Uses: Approved for the treatment of symptoms associated with ADD, ADHD, ALS, Alzheimer’s, anorexia, anxiety, depression, arthritis, autism, autoimmune disorders, bipolar disorders, cancer, crohn's, colitis, IBS, diabetes, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, migraines, headaches, Hepatitis C, hypertension, nausea, neuropathy, pain, chronic pain, PTSD, tourette's syndrome, and sleep disorders.

9. Lab Naturals Broad Spectrum - CBD gum

Maker: Lab Naturals PCR

Availability: Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Denmark, Mexico, Spain, Europe, Sweden, Norway, Germany, and in Austria.

Uses: CBD gum is often used for medicinal purposes as the CBD acts as an anti-inflammatory, mood regulator, blood sugar regulator, and other powerfully therapeutic benefits.  

10. Sativex - THC nasal spray

Maker: GW Pharmaceuticals

Availability: United Kingdom, Europe, Spain, Canada, Denmark, Czech Republic, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Norway, Poland, Finland, Austria, and in the United States of America.  

Uses: Approved for the treatment of spasticity, and pain in cancer and multiple sclerosis patients.

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