5.27.2009

Very Dangerous Side Effects

Will Saletan reflects on a British pharma company's move to produce a standard "cannabinoid pharmaceutical product," specifically the company's position that "most patients are able to separate the thresholds for symptom relief and intoxication."
In your wildest dreams, did you imagine that a recreational drug could be so thoroughly, piously sterilized? But here it is. First came Cesamet (a "synthetic cannabinoid"), then Marinol (also synthetic). Only one pesky side effect has remained: Cesamet produces "euphoria in the recommended dosage range," and Marinol causes "easy laughing" and "elation." We can't have that. So the quest to "separate the thresholds for symptom relief and intoxication" continues.

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