Marijuana Mouth Spray Sativex May Hit Shelves By 2013

William McGuinness

(KMOX) — A British drug manufacturer is hoping for a big score from consumers and a green light from the FDA for its medical marijuana mouth spray in 2013.

Seven countries including the UK, Spain and Germany have approved Sativex to treat patients with multiple sclerosis. Makers GW Pharmaceuticals hopes the drug will be used as a prescribed replacement to medical marijuana in the United States.

Patients take the drug by spraying it into their mouths like a breath spray with a dosage meter. This way, GW Pharmaceuticals says people can derive maximum benefit from the drug without feeling a “high.”

GW’s website says side effects can include dizziness, which occurs mainly in the first few weeks of treatment, and fatigue. There is no mention of the munchies.

Sativex contains pure amounts of delta 9-THC and cannabidiol — marijuana’s two best-known active ingredients and is the world’s first pharmaceutical drug made from grown marijuana rather than its synthetic equivalent. The drug is grown under computer-monitored conditions in secret greenhouses located in southern Britain.

GW Pharmaceuticals was founded specifically to bring cannabinoid medications to market and is traded on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange.


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  • DigitalBob

    All this trouble, all this expense, all this red tape, all this hassle to remove the evil side effect of mild euphoria.

    • dave's not here man

      i don’t understand why it woudln’t make you high. Or do they mean “stoned” ?

    • woody hankins

      All this trouble so the big drug companies can cash in

      • Holly

        I so agree with this comment……

    • artemis133

      That was my first thought. What the h*ll are they afraid of? That people may actually feel GOOD for a period of time? God forbid! The world’s insane.

    • InalienableWrights

      DigitalBob look at all the money to be made when they can replace an effective nearly free product with their less effective and very very very expensive product.

  • Tony

    There is no alternative to the effects of the marijuana high… The THC along with other cannaboids together help produce the hunger affect while the high eases pain… They have a pill called “marinol”, same issues… not to mention per wiki, 12% had to stop trials of the med due to dizziness… This doesn’t happen when you smoke/vaporize.

    • Eric R. Johnson

      I have followed the development of sativex from the beginning, and it does work as effectively as whole smoked cannabis.

      It is an extract formulation, and not something produced artificially.

      • Smokey?

        This will be approved and it will be another way to keep MMJ illegal. The big Pharma companies don’t want MMJ to be legal, you can grow it yourself. They’ll push to show how you can put man made chemicals in your body with the same healing affects, but at 10 times the price. That’s the other side of the drug war. Big money Pharma puts big money in the Cartels pockets -(Not directly of course).

        Meanwhile, pot dealer spends life in prison for selling buds.

      • jasperddbgghost

        I can bring this up to my pot smoking friends and they claim it’s for medicinal purposes. If they make something that removes the high but also removes the pain, they are against it.

        More proof that it’s self-serving and destructive.

  • Eric R. Johnson

    Not true that it doesn’t get you high. Maybe not as high, or as randomly high as a smoke from a water pipe, but high it does get you. CBD tends to moderate the anxiety about being high on THC, but it does not modulate the euphoria itself.

    It is interesting that we are now able to discuss opposition to actual (medical) cannabis actually being all about the euphoria it causes. Euphoria it seems is the one single intolerable side- effect of cannabis and other drugs. We are willing to tolerate major organ failure, increased suicidal ideation, fecal incontinence and death as side effects of other, even over-the-counter pharmaceuticals… But not Euphoria.

    I wonder if the euphoria of being out of neuropathic or spastic pain, pain from damaged nerves or that pain suffered by MS patients, which are uses for Sativex, will be considered as an intolerable side effect as well, justifying killing off the whole plan after the election, whoever wins?

    • Feilding Melish

      No the “intolerable side effect” will be the large numbers of fraudulent prescriptions for, and black market in this drug. And this will have a large societal cost since most of us know that potheads (meaning those who consume pot often, for the high alone) are less motivated to succeed, and therefore tend to be losers.

      As soon as the usual suspect societal misfits find out they can get this drug by feigning any medical condition that quacks can prescribe it for, it’ll be everywhere.

      On the bright side, maybe those who normally walk around taking handfulls of pain pills every day will switch to this drug. So far it sounds like it might not be something that presents a high risk for an overdose death, like pain pills tend to be.

      • Trommy Themulus

        None of what you said is scientifically accurate but instead is anecdotal and prejudice. I would doubt that an extract made form the Cannabis plant can cause overdose. In the history of the entire world not one person has overdosed on Cannabis. Check your facts before you post.

      • JR

        Why do you care about people experiencing euphoria? I dont understand why people object to people enjoying themselves and never will. I personally dont like pot I’d rather have pain pills but that should be my choice. If it bothers you so much well why dont you kiss my ass and leave me alone.

      • dave's not here man

        actually, I’ll just continue smoking weed man :) lmao!

      • ArcherB

        Who are you to judge what success is and who are winners and losers? Maybe “success” to these people is coming home from work, sitting on the couch and getting high. It’s not enough for me, but maybe it is what these people actually want from life! As long as they have their own home and couch, why would you care? Who TF are you to tell them they are wrong or their goals don’t count?

      • PowerPC

        If they seriously put this on the market they should also put alcoholic beverages on the market that do not make you drunk. Nearly everyone of the people complaining about the euphoria excperienced by smoking MJ do not look at the “euphoria”, vomitting, innocent traffic deaths and being unable to walk and talk as side effects of drinking. They are so much more superior because they drink a drug that is the nastiest product every produced by man…….alcohol!

      • InalienableWrights

        What kind of horse pucky is this? Outlaw what God made and legalize stuff no one can afford that works 1/10th as well to make the elite rich.

      • Tom Paine

        Right, because people don’t use marijuana as it is now. It is only the biggest cash crop in this nation, and 10 million people smoke it everyday, but hey, if the FDA approves this drug, the world will end and people will go insane.

        You are an idiot.

    • John

      And yet the same people who are against it because of the euphoria have no trouble with the idea of people being drunk on alcohol.

      It makes no sense and it’s hypocritical.

  • truther

    omg someone having a good time call the cops. i bet this firm has spent hundreds of millions of dollars working on this. why… at least we know thats what the govt has a problem with people being happy… NICE

    • gdude

      It’s good for the economy. What’s the problem?

  • JWood

    It won’t sell. Medical users prefer the side effects of the smokable version. It’s why they use it in the first place.

    • Eric R. Johnson

      It isn’t any different. That is why it has succeeded. It works, and it is utterly untrue that it doesn’t get you high.

    • nelson

      You can eat Marijuana and get the benefits plus the high. One does’t need to smoke it.

  • Diogenes

    My doctor told me all she could prescribe was Marinol (synthetic THC), but that it was rather ineffective compared to the real thing. Wonder whether this one is any better.

    • Justin Naugle

      Yea, people actually dies from that stuff. The molecules wouldn’t bind correctly so it wasn’t really Delta 9 THC.

  • Deacon

    “So – Instead of growing it on your own for free, buy it for a ridiculously high price from us! After all, we can’t have the average person undercutting our pharmaceuticals with a easy to obtain 100% natural medicine now cane we?”

    • JagerBaBomb

      Ding Ding Ding! We have a winner! I’d add that they’re likely going to try and use this to copyright pot somehow, or at least their version of it.

      • Heath Robinson

        Not ‘likely’, ABSOLUTE to protect it.

        It’s patented and the GMO strain they created is too.

    • Sandy

      Think this might be why Obama has reversed his position on MMJ?

      That man is SUCH a disappointment. The only promise he kept was getting that puppy.

  • george

    If it produced the desired “high,” it could, in its liquid form, become a handy ingredient for any number of culinary creations.

  • Grant Smith

    Why not just burn one like millions of people already do? Been proven to reduce cancer rates by a Harvard study… Then again what do those highly educated doctors and statisticians know?

    • Big Daddy

      they’re likely Communist defectors that Obama brought in with him from where ever he was born. they likely are on welfare, simultaneously, since ALL obama supporters are idiots on welfare.

      • Manfred

        No, a lot of them are trust-fund babies as well. The unholy alliance of those who do not work against those who do.

  • anonie moss

    Wait. I thought there was no medical benefit to marijuana? Its classified as a schedule 1 narcotic, which means that there’s no medicinal value. How can this spray treats medical problems being based off a drug with no medical value?

    • Big Daddy

      hey, the 21st century called. it said it would like you to move out of 1971 and come on with the rest of us. do you have any medical issues that you’ve tried to treat pharmaceutically, but found benefits from supplementing those pharms with MMJ? if no, then you have no clue what your conservative butt is talking about. i can testify to its medical value. show me another type 1 diabetic for 33 years with no complications, and whose eye doctor just told him that at age 40, his eyes are improving from 20/20 to 20/15? do you think insulin did that for me, when it doesn’t for so many others? show me one. i dare ya.

      • E Johnson

        BD, Don’t understand SARCASM??

  • schmed

    MJ makes my MS symptoms worse.

  • schmed

    I would not go on this drug fearing they would take my guns away, so I have to deal with pain of my MS or be able to have my 2nd Amendment right to protect myself.

    • Eric R. Johnson

      They will not be able to touch your 2nd amendment rights if the FDA approved the medicine.

      Marinol, the artificial formulation of a THC-Mimic on the market today contains no warning not to drive, people are allowed to work on it, as it appears differently on drug tests, and it has no warning about disastrous psychological problems like psychosis, which is what being high is now being described as.

      It is available in Nevada, where guns abound, and I have had a prescription for it.

      It works well for getting one high as a kite. Not so well on pain.

      Can’t take away rights when something is legal.

      The federal Government has said declared “so-called,” ‘medical’ marijuana” users to have voided their 2nd amendment rights… and they may not purchase, have, hold or use guns, the Obama admin decided some weeks ago.

      Pot smokers, which is all you are to the Federal government, are severe criminals, and the government doesn’t want such heinous types walking around armed. Drivers’ licenses and children are supposed to be removed from people with marijuana convictions.

  • Indy GOP

    This will fail because the whole reason people smoke “medical” marijuana is to get high. The THC pills reportedly do the same thing, but stoners want the cheap buzz and the useful idiots in office in California have catered to them.

    • Big Daddy

      you try having cancer, glaucoma, MS, CFS, type 1 diabetes and not smoke, fool. i’m a type 1 for 33 years, and a great part of my no-complications is the metabolic enhancing effect of MJ. what do you get when you smoke? not high for daily smokers, but rather, the munchies. that is concrete evidence that a diabetic, either T1 or T2, can benefit from the supplemental effects of a very innocuous “drug”. until you walk in a man’s shoes, try not throwing stones. and all of us have a vice, and generally, the GOP as listed in your moniker would mean “sexual deviancy”. so maybe you don’t toke, but you sure as heck do something to take the edge off life. just ask Ted Haggard, Bush’s spiritual advisor who was caught with a male prostitute and crystal meth.

      • jwood

        It doesn’t cure anything, it just makes you feel better as you die.

      • Hoser

        You should be doing high fives all around.Your getting the full benefit of the marijuana without the side effects not to mention the smoke that does damage to the lungs no matter what kind of nutty data to the contrary that some people might come up with.

    • jinfotechp

      I’ll drink to that !!

  • Fecal McStool

    I like to talk about stool.

  • weedfeedstheeconomy

    Whether you like it or not Med. Marijuana is an up and coming force in todays economy. Every small town in legal med states benefits from weed whether they are willing to admit it or not. From grow shops to trimmers making $20-30 an hour under the table, to the money growers spend in their community. Even local government makes money for issuing a pot card.
    Take a look at real estate in m.m states, the rural home prices didn’t drop nearly as much as in non legal states despite equally low job prospects. That is directly related to pot growers.

  • Rick

    Bill Gates was fairly successful and a certain Obama used to smoke.

    • Justin Naugle

      Obama did cocaine too. We should through him in prison.

      • Spell Checker

        we should throw people who can’t spell in prison

  • Big Daddy

    the politicians in the US are “blind” to the “pot” of gold at the end of their financial rainbow. so now, instead of a natural plant, or a natural plant used in edibles, we will make a synthetic replacement. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…sounds a little unnecessary to me, and if you allow this, shouldn’t the plant by default be allowed also? what’s the difference? oh wait.

    i forgot the two biggest lobbies against decriminilization are not churches or morality groups, no–it’s the tobacco and alcohol lobbies, and as long as they’re paying, we’ll continue to get lung cancer (cheers to the pharmaceutical industry on that one!), we’ll continue to kill pregnant mothers in drunk driving accidents and continue to fill churches with our AA meetings. yeah, that’s sensible. but hey, “sensible” is synonymous with Amurca.

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  • Stoner

    Isn’t it easier and cheaper to cut out the middlemen and just spark up a bowl?

  • Darth Maul

    Why is everyone so concerned about the “high” associated with medical marijuana? If it provides relief to people who are suffering, than it is medicine like any other. Doesn’t vicodin, demorol, and oxycontin get people high? Doesn’t it also relieve symptoms of pain? Would you ban and ridicule these medicines? The hypocrisy regarding the medical benefits of marijuana needs to end.

    • jwood

      vicodin, demorol, and oxycontin should be available over the couner in any drug store or 7/11 along with MJ. They are all medicines that make you feel better even if there is nothing wrong with you medically.

  • Ed

    There is such a high level of hypocrasy in prohibiting things simply because they are enjoyable. We endure people who enjoy beer or tobacco simply because these substances are enjoyable. I really don’t see a difference. Also, many very productive people use cannabis at great risk to the very contributions they make to society simply because it is illegal to own a plant. It’s a plant. Just wait till they make eating illegal because it is too enjoyable. Not too far off now…

  • Glazed DoNuT

    It’s the LSD suppositories that are really a trip!

  • Ed

    Prohibitionist either don’t believe in or don’t understand liberty. Liberty is allowing people to do things you dont agree with as long as they are not harming your life, liberty, or property. Some desire the government to prevent others from doing things that they disagree with…not understanding that the government they trust to police others will come around to policing their choices too. You have to give liberty to have liberty. As far as I see someone using a plant how they want too doesnt threaten my life, liberty, or property.

  • gholdenboy

    i don’t understand. how can you get “maximum benefit” from pot that doesn’t get you high? that sounds basically like clove cigarettes. those suck.

  • George Johnson

    It’ll be interesting to see the hypocrites demanding their “medical marijuana” once they can get it, without getting “high”. They’ll whine that this stuff doesn’t work I’m betting.

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