Are there forms of marijuana that are legal?

The pain reliever Sativex, which is administered as an oral spray, is based on a natural extract of marijuana.

Marinol is a pill containing a synthetic form of THC. It has been approved the by Federal Food and Drug Administration and is used to treat nausea in AIDS and cancer patients. The federal Drug Enforcement Agency likens the use of Marinol to the use of morphine (a legal, safe alternative to smoking heroin or opium).

However, some experts think that Marinol and other synthetic substitutes are less effective and more expensive than marijuana. They say smoking marijuana provides patients with medication that acts faster and has fewer side effects.

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