CDC Chief Endorses Cannabinoids

June 1st, 2009 by Russ

CDC Bound Thomas Frieden

Center for Disease Control heir-apparent, Thomas Frieden, voiced his support for THC in his last budget meeting as New York City Health Commissioner. When asked about treating chemotherapy patients with persistent nausea, Frieden noted that smoking weed provided relief a great deal faster than a Marinol pill, the synthetic and regulated equivalent.

Frieden implied that a spray form of Marinol might be a benefit to patients, as it’s still inferior to its natural cousin. Perhaps he had had Sativex on the brain. A new and as yet unapproved THC spray, Sativex hopes to enter into the medical marijuana debate upon FDA approval.

In the meantime, one wonders whether medical weed will be brought to bare on Swine Flu or Ebola during the tenure of the new CDC chief.


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    Marinol spray is available in Canada, but only in pill form in the US. According to the article, he was NOT referring to Sativex, another spray, which is developed from whole-plant material, and contains ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) as well as Cannabidiol (CBD). Marinol is synthetic THC only (Dronabinol).

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    Alex Says:

    @Jordan – Note the use of ‘perhaps’ in the sentence referring to Sativex. It seems like you’re trying unusually hard to point out fallacies in this story that don’t exist.

    Got a case of the Mondays?

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