The active ingredients in Sativex, known as cannabinoids, are derived from the cannabis plant. It is the first marijuana-based drug to be made by extracting the compounds from the plant, rather than synthesizing them.
Because the drug is delivered through ingestion, rather than smoking, it would take much longer to have an effect — at least an hour, compared with the minutes it takes to get high after smoking marijuana. This means drug users seeking a high would be less likely to abuse it.
The drug is already approved in the UK, Spain, Canada, and New Zealand, to treat muscle spasms due to multiple Sclerosis. So far, the studies do not provide enough evidence to say Sativex is effective in improving pain symptoms.
Will it be approved? Will it be abused?? Will it help with the pain associated with the horrible mouth sores associated with not just oral cancer, but treatments for many cancers?