Dronabinol is a synthetically manufactured version of the cannabis compound THC, which can be prescribed privately in the UK to treat certain health conditions.

Structurally identical to THC, Dronabinol is a synthetic cannabinoid manufactured in a lab. First used in Britain during the 1990s, in ‘98, the British Medical Association recommended that Dronabinol should become a licensed medicine because of its efficacy in treating AIDS-associated anorexia.

Today, Dronabinol is still unlicensed, although it is still available through private prescription to stimulate appetite or to relieve vomiting and nausea associated with chemotherapy treatments.


What is dronabinol?


Dronabinol is THC that has been made in a lab for medical purposes. It does not have marketing authorisation and is prescribed off-license. 


Is dronabinol legal in the UK?


Yes, but is classed as an unlicensed medication and can only be prescribed by a specialist.

How is dronabinol administered?


Dronabinol is usually taken orally as capsules or liquid. The dosage will depend on the individual's condition and response to treatment. It is important to follow the prescribed dosage and not exceed it without consulting your prescribing specialist.


What conditions is dronabinol prescribed for?


Dronabinol is prescribed to treat nausea and vomiting associated with cancer treatments but is only used when other medications are unsuccessful. It is also prescribed to patients with AIDS to stimulate appetite. 


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