The DEA has approved the drug Syndros, a liquid form of synthetic THC as a schedule 2 substance, meaning that doctors can now prescribe products made from fake cannabis, while real cannabis is still federally illegal across the United States.
Other Schedule II substances include Vicodin, cocaine, oxycodone and Adderall — all very well known for causing massive addiction problems among people of all ages.
The FDA-approved liquid dronabinol drug is developed by Insys Therapeutics, an Arizona-based company that funded anti-legalization cannabis campaigns.
Their founder, John Kapoor, was also arrested last month on racketeering and fraud charges. He is also accused of offering bribes to doctors to write large numbers of prescriptions for a fentanyl-based pain medication.
“The DEA notes that FDA-approved products of oral solutions containing dronabinol [THC] have an approved medical use, whereas marijuana does not have an approved medical use and therefore remains in Schedule I,” the agency said.
Despite that 29 states and Washington, D.C., have now legalized some form of medical marijuana, the DEA and FDA still maintain that marijuana is not medicine.
Insys launched Syndros in July as a way to help nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy, and to address anorexia-associated weight loss in AIDS patients.
Most of the people who received prescriptions for Insys drugs did not have cancer.
Synthetic THC approved by FDA and DEA
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved Syndros over two months ago, and with the DEA’s blessing they are ready to hit the market.
Syndros is very similar to Marinol, another synthetic THC product previously approved by the FDA, which is used for the same illnesses.
Many of us might have wondered what is the difference between synthetic THC and organic THC?
The question is very easy to answer — the process from which THC is derived from plants is organic and natural, while synthetic THC is produced in a lab.
Synthetic THC not same as the synthetic drug K2, not even by a mile, since K2 does not contain THC in any amounts.
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