in case anyone has questions, I'll do my best to initially throw some basic experience and knowledge for those who are inquisitive. I can be long winded, so I don't want to ramble. I don't know how to insert a link to an old post, but feel free to check my profile and read through the cannabis basics I did some time ago.
Marinol is a synthetic form of THC (the psychoactive chemical in marijuana). It's been traditionally used for chemotherapy related nausea and diseases of bodily waste where weight gain and appetite stimulation is necessary for survival.
Does it help with mood elevation, pain reduction, or decrease in spasticity? Yep.
Does it do those things as well as actual medical marijuana? Nope - at least not for me.
Because of the hype of past years of the new push towards medical marijuana, it's gained some new attention and experimentation, especially in states where actual marijuana isn't available legally yet. A long shot attempt, if you will, at trying to use what's readily available for most.
Some folks may be more comfortable with a prescription and pill bottle for this, and that's ok. My wife is a nurse and had a very hard time endorsing this journey with Me because of stigma and preconceived notions. After seeing The change in Me after years of suffering and an intolerant disposition, she's on board as a believer that cannabis is a true medicine for our condition.
For purposes of comparison and understanding, realize Marinol is synthetic THC. The marijuana predating "medical" was bred to have high levels of THC for consumers to get the "high" they seek.
Will Marinol get you high? Take enough, it will. It comes in 2.5, 5, and 10 mg doses.
For the elephant in the room:
Do I like getting high, even as a cannabis enthusiast? No, actually I do not. It makes me paranoid and I don't enjoy the feeling. If Marinol gets me too lifted, believe it or not, medical cannabis actually reduces some of the psychoactive effects and I'll use it to back off and get right into a sweet spot - it's all about comfort, happiness, and quality of life for Me. My journey through endless prescriptions with no satisfaction brought Me here. I know what I've experienced and cannot keep any info from anyone on here with a good heart should you have interest or questions.
With research, they've figured out there's other beneficial cannabinoids besides THC within the plant. Most commonly you'd hear of the CBD content.
I'm not downing Marinol. It does help, and quite well. I keep it on hand and use it at times. But also realize there's a reason why they aren't pushing Marinol for other conditions that medical cannabis has really become notable for... the other cannabinoids absent in Marinol make a difference, too.
A profound one.