10 Pharmaceutical Drugs Based on Cannabis

Several pharmaceutical drugs have been developed which either contain or have similar chemicals as those found in the cannabis plant. Some researchers have used their understanding of how the brain processes cannabinoids to develop drugs which follow the same pathways but work differently than marijuana. 

A sample of those pharmaceutical drugs based on marijuana are listed below with their names, trade names, manufacturers, cannabis-related properties, suggested medical uses, and approval statuses.

Drugs that contain chemicals taken directly from the marijuana plant
1. Sativex 
Manufacturer: GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH on NASDAQ) 
Sativex oral spray

Source: "Medical Marijuana aka Sativex Now Available in UK," examiner.com, June 19, 2010

Cannabis-Related Properties
Mouth spray
 whose chemical compound is derived from natural extracts of the cannabis plant. Sativex contains two cannabinoids: THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol)

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