Synthetic CBD and cannabis products are man-made chemicals, typically created by pharmaceutical companies. They are often called cannabinoids because they have similar molecular structures to chemicals found in the cannabis plant.
Synthetic CBD and pharmaceutical cannabis should be taken under the strict direction of a doctor. They may affect the brain much more powerfully than plant-based cannabis and their side effects can be unpredictable and in severe cases life threatening.
Sativis, also called nabiximols is a cannabis plant-based medicine made by GW Pharmaceuticals. It has been approved in 24 countries (but not the U.S.) for muscle spasticity and multiple sclerosis. Typically, the ratio of CBD to THC is 1:1. Sativis is available as an oral spray and holds the distinction of being the first cannabis-based prescription medicine in the world.
The United States is testing Sativis as a pain treatment for patients with advanced cancer.
Epidiolex, also called cannabidiol is a plant-based pharmaceutical formulation of pure CBD. It is made by GW Pharmaceuticals. Epidiolex shows promise as a treatment for several rare childhood epilepsy disorders. Early research shows that CBD has significant promise to reduce seizure activity.
Epidiolex is also being tested to help lessen symptoms of Dravet Syndrome, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, and infantile spasms.
Dronabinol, also called Marinol is a synthetic version of THC. It was created by Solvay Pharmaceuticals. Dronabinol is approved the FDA and is often prescribed for nausea and appetite stimulation. It has been approved for multiple sclerosis treatments in Denmark and AIDS-related cachexia, and nausea and vomiting triggered by chemotherapy in Canada.
Nabilone, also called Cesamet is a synthetic cannabinoid drug made by Valeant Pharmaceuticals. It is a synthetic version of THC and is often prescribed to treat nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy. Nabilone is also prescribed to treat neuropathic pain (diabetes, phantom limb syndrome).
An important note from MamasHealth.com. Self-treatment can be dangerous and put your health at risk, so be sure to include your doctor in your decisions.