Big Pharma tries to top Medical Marijuana with This Drug
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 04/28/2015 in Medical Marijuana Research
A cholesterol drug called Fenofibrate seems to treat ‘some of the symptoms’ that is currently being treated by cannabis such as, pain, insomnia and some psychological disorders. They claim this drug does not produce the side effects that cannabis produces such as dizziness, red eyes and of course cotton mouth.
However if you really compare these two substances, cannabis is still leagues ahead of this “pharmaceutical replacement”.
According to the “researchers”, the drug is not known for many side effects, except for such as gallstones and liver problems, which they claim, is “infrequent”. However, digging a bit deeper in the list of side effects we also have to take into consideration, severe stomach/abdominal pain, persistent nausea/vomiting, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine and in rare cases, fenofibrate can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure.
Conveniently, this wasn’t listed in their public statement. It seems that these side effects are far more severe than any potential side effect of cannabis.
Cannabis treats many more conditions
Now let’s take a look at cannabis for a second. Besides the symptoms listed by the alleged ‘replacement drug’ cannabis extends far beyond merely those symptoms.
Cannabis cures cancer, as was stated by NIDA recently. It also treats seizure disorders, spastic muscle disorders, anorexia, PTSD, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Glaucoma, Arthritis, Neuropathy and much more. The above-mentioned drug doesn’t even come close to treating any of these conditions and would not be able to replace cannabis as a medicine.
The ‘researchers’ claimed that Fenefibrate would be an option for patients who ‘do not want to get high’ from using marijuana, however if we take into consideration the potential side effects of the drug and the limited symptom relief, getting high wouldn’t be such a bad thing.
Besides, cannabis can be consumed with non-psychoactive effects, still getting enough THC in your body. If you consume the cannabis plant raw, meaning that you don’t apply heat to the plant, you will be consuming THCa which is the non-psychoactive version of THC.
Only through applying heat does THCa turn into its psychoactive form. Thus, eating or drinking your raw cannabis in juices could potentially have the same effect as using oils except with the feeling of ‘getting high’.
I’ll take red-eyes over kidney failure any day
The side effects of cannabis becomes less apparent the more the cannabis user consumes the substance due to the tolerance being built up in the body. This means that you might get really high the first few times when using it as a medicine, but eventually this will become a manageable state, which poses no further risks. You won’t be worried about a breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, which could lead to kidney failure.
Give me red eyes over kidney failure any day!