What do you think of when you think of pills? Aspirins? Prescription medicines? Pharmaceutical companies have been manufacturing pills for decades. In fact, the history of pills goes back to roughly 1500 B.C. New to the scene are cannabis pills.
Cannabis pills bring a newer method to ingest medical marijuana. Because of their relative newness, many people do not understand what they are, why they are used, or even how they work. Smoking marijuana is not always the best way to use cannabis, and pills can offer a consistent way to dose with marijuana without any unpleasant smell or taste.
What are Cannabis Pills?
Cannabis pills are pills that contain ground cannabis, usually a strain that is high in either CBDs, THC, or both. The pills are used as a method to ingest cannabis so that you get the effects of the drug without any risks associated with smoking the plant.
Why is Marijuana in Pill Form Used Instead of Other Methods?
Some people use cannabis pills because they choose not to smoke the plant material, and they may not like the taste of edible marijuana products. Other people may choose a pill form for their cannabis use because it can offer better consistency when it comes to CBD and THC levels. The pills are typically easy to swallow and digest and they do not have any flavor or odor.
Is Marinol a Cannabis Pill?
Marinol, an FDA approved drug with the generic name dronabinol, does not fit under the category of cannabis pills for most people because this pharmaceutical product is not natural and contains synthetic THC instead of the actual plant compound. Many people would rather use a natural product instead of a synthetic drug when given the choice.
The fact that Marinol is even available shows the hypocrisy of labeling marijuana a Schedule 1 drug because there are proven medical uses recognized by the federal government. Instead of using natural THC the drug companies created a synthetic form and then marketed this to patients who suffer from severe nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, weight loss, and other conditions.
Some examples of substances listed in Schedule I are: heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana (cannabis), peyote, methaqualone, and 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (“Ecstasy”).
The Pros and Cons of Using Pills
There are some potential benefits and disadvantages to using cannabis pills. You need to understand the pros and cons before you can decide whether this method is right for you.
- Discreet, no smell or visible marijuana
- Consistent dosing
- THC and CBD can be concentrated in a pill
- No risks from inhaling smoke
- Can be used by almost anyone for almost any treatable condition
- Easy to swallow and digest for most people
- May last longer in the body than some other forms of marijuana
- May be difficult to find in some areas
- May not be legal in all states that allow medical marijuana use
- May offer a different experience than smoking the drug
- Excessive dose is possible if the THC is too concentrated in the pill, although symptoms are usually temporary and go away over time
- Can be hard to stay within legal marijuana possession limits for some if highly concentrated pills are necessary for treatment and made at home
What Symptoms and Conditions can Marijuana Pills Help With?
Marijuana or cannabis pills can be beneficial for treating any medical conditions, symptoms, and diseases that benefit from medical use of marijuana. This is why more states are passing medical marijuana laws. Some of the symptoms and conditions that may be treated with cannabis include:
- Chronic pain
- Muscle spasms
- Poor appetite
- Many others
Cannabis pills may or may not be the best choice for your medical marijuana treatment. Only you (and your physician) can make that decision.