Does Marinol (synthetic THC) work the same as THC found in cannabis?

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Last updated: June 1st, 2016

No, it does not. Marinol is a synthetic (man-made) version of THC. When the drug was first introduced in the mid-80s, it was thought it would have the same effect as the cannabis plant as a whole. However, it soon became clear that most patients were not responding the same as when THC is consumed by smoking or ingesting cannabis. Researchers soon realized that other key compounds, such as other cannabinoids and terpenes, played a larger role than previously realized.

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