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Marinol Uses

How Does Marinol Work?

Marinol is a synthetic version of delta-9-THC, a naturally occurring cannabinoid. Delta-9-THC is the main psychoactive component in Cannabis sativa L. (marijuana). Cannabinoid receptors are found in the central nervous system. While it is unknown exactly how Marinol works, it is thought to produce its effects by binding to these cannabinoid receptors.
 

Can Children Use It?

Marinol is not approved for appetite stimulation in people younger than 18 years of age with AIDS, as it has not been adequately studied in this age group. Marinol can be prescribed for nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy in children. However, it should be used with caution because of its side effects.
 

Off-Label Marinol Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this product for something other than the conditions discussed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. Some off-label uses for Marinol may include:
 
  • Cancer-related loss of appetite
  • Muscular spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis
  • Postoperative nausea and vomiting
  • Cancer-related nausea and vomiting
  • Treatment of marijuana abuse or dependence.
     
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