What are the
differences between MARINOL and medical marijuana?

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

Though both MARINOL and marijuana contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), there are differences between the two.

  • Marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance, and per the Schedule, has: no currently accepted medical use in the United States; a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision; and a high potential for abuse.1
    For more information, visit: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/schedules/
  • MARINOL are taken orally.
MARINOLMedical Marijuana
Contains THCYesYes
Federally regulated prescription drugYesNo
Manufactured under controlled conditionsYesNo
Rigorous safety and purity standardsYesLack of information
Clinical trials conducted on safety and efficacyYesLack of information
Legal in every stateYesNo
Covered by many insurance plansYesNo