Syndros: The First FDA Approved Synthetic THC

Suffice it to say, there has been quite a cavalcade of advancements in medicine over the years. Heck, if you were born back in the 1800s, you’d be lucky to make it out of your 20s alive or in one piece. Of course, there was a lot more war going on back then, coupled with incurable diseases, epidemics and freak accidents caused by a lack of safe machinery.

But times have changed quite a bit since then. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average life expectancy for an American adult is now 78.8 years of age. That’s quite a difference to the old days, huh?

This may sound like good news, but we as a country are still not out of the woods when it comes to life-threatening illnesses, That makes it even more important to dot some Is and cross some Ts to ensure you can get the best of care if the unfortunate circumstance should arise that you come down with  an unwanted condition. And here’s where Syndros comes to the table.

What is Syndros?

You can say what you want about the pharmaceutical industry,  Some claim they only have their best interest in mind, while others look to them as a godsend for saving their lives. Well, it’s true that they pump out drugs like bullets from a Gatling gun, but they always have something for every disease and condition.

Granted, these options often come with as many ill effects as the symptoms they’re out to treat, but they still at least give people hope for a decent quality of life.

And Syndros can be added to this discussion. What is it? Simply put, it is a man-made, synthesized form of marijuana that is governed and controlled by the FDA. It is specifically used for two conditions–AIDS and cancer.

It’s designed as a preventative drug or cure-all though. Think of it more as a buffering agent to lessen the actual effects that these diseases cause. And you will learn a little bit more about these specifics shortly.

Understanding the Cannabinoid System

The cannabinoid system, or endocannabinoid system as it is sometimes called, is a major part of your daily function. And you may not have even known this. Although it sounds quite complex, the easiest way to think of it is to reference balance. Have you ever heard of homeostasis?

This is a state in which your body is in complete harmony and all of your systems come together to work as they are designed to work. In other words, you are in balance. Well, the cannabinoid system is highly responsible for this to happen, and the cannabis plant has been known to bring this balance to fruition.

And this system has a lot of depth too. When you suffer an injury, such as skinning your elbow after falling off your bike, pain receptors are fired up, which causes you to say “OUCH” and clutch the affected area. The cannabinoid system is then called upon to help numb the effects of the pain and instantly start the healing process.

Plant-based marijuana plays a role in easing this pain by boosting the cannabinoid system into action. Fast forward to Syndros, and it is designed to do the same thing. The end result is you are shifted back toward homeostasis at a faster rate.

Is Syndros Prescription Only?

Due to the fact that Syndros is technically a Schedule III controlled substance, you will not be able to find it out on the streets. It is available through prescription only. So if you happen to find someone trying to pedal it to you, raise an eyebrow of concern and move forward with caution. It’s never worth getting in legal trouble or risking more harm than good with your body for a substance that you are not 100 percent sure about.

The Benefits of Syndros

If you are considering using this drug as a treatment for your condition, it’s important to know just what conditions it is designed for. Although it has been known to be beneficial for epilepsy, pain management, Alzheimer’s Disease, and anxiety, it is primarily used for AIDS and cancer. And here are the specific reasons why.

Increased Appetite

Syndros

People with AIDS often lose a lot of weight, which is compared to anorexia. That’s why you often see images of AIDS patients who are really thin. It’s because one of the main problems associated with this condition is a loss of appetite. And once you no longer feel like eating, you can in turn literally die of starvation.

Fast forward to Syndros and patients now have a chance to prolong the inevitable. In these cases, it is used as an appetite stimulator. Have you ever heard of an aperitif? This is an alcoholic beverage used to promote hunger. Well, it’s pretty much the same thing, but synthesized marijuana is the driving force behind the boost in appetite.

It does have a similarity to alcohol though as it comes in liquid form.

Reduced Nausea

Vomiting and nausea are often associated with chemotherapy and other forms of cancer treatment. This really is a good news/bad news scenario as chemo is designed to knock cancer cells to their knees. But it is usually at the expense of other areas of the body. In this case, it’s in the form of nausea and vomiting.

The good news though is Syndros has been shown to reduce or completely stop nausea caused by cancer treatment. In a way, you can look at like a drug to treat a side effect of another drug. But if it works, it can make life a little easier for people going through the rigors of cancer treatment.

Syndros vs. Marinol

Here’s another layer to the story of Syndros. As you recently found out, it is in the form of a liquid. Well, there is another equivalent drug on the market that is in the form of a capsule called Marinol. What’s the difference between the two? Nothing, really.

One is in liquid form and one is in capsule form. And they are both used to treat appetite loss with AIDS patients and to reduce the effects of nausea and vomiting in cancer patients. But just for the record, Marinol has been around a lot longer. It was first developed in the mid-1980s.

Both Have the Same Active Ingredient

The active ingredient in both drugs is called dronabinol. This is the synthetic form of marijuana that gives both of these their punch. And because of this similarity to actual THC that you get from cannabis, it is not recommended for people who have had a history of drug use. Simply put, it can become habit forming.

Syndros Side Effects and Risks

In order to get ahead in life, you often have to take some risks. And that then sets you up for some side effects like sleepless nights, financial struggle, loss of relationships and feeling super stressed. Now if you compare that to Syndros, you will see a similar pattern as it is used to help make your quality of life better. But it is not without a handful of side effects. Here is a list of these for you to be aware of:

A Marijuana-like High

First things first, be aware that these side effects are not set in stone across the board. And some people will react differently to all of them, including the feeling of being high. Obviously, if you take more than the recommended dose, this feeling will be compounded.

Dizziness or Drowsiness

It is not recommended to drive or operate machinery after taking Syndros. The main reason is that using it can lead to dizziness or drowsiness. The last thing you want to be doing while taking a dose is piloting some form of machine or equipment that can put you or others in harm’s way.

Nausea or Stomach Pain

It sounds like a paradox because it is. Syndros is designed to help treat nausea and stomach issues, yet it can also exacerbate these conditions. Again, it’s rare and it doesn’t happen to everyone. But just know that it can happen. And it is always more likely when the drug is abused.

Rare and Serious Side Effects

On the far end of the scale, there is a chance that rare and more serious side effects can crop up. These would include seizures, a racing heart rate, extreme stomach pain, excessively high blood pressure and passing out. If you experience any of these, discontinue using immediately and consult your physician.

How to buy Syndros

You won’t find this in your local supplement store because it’s not a supplement. The only way is to get a prescription and take it to your local pharmacy.

Talk with Your Doctor

An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but when your well-being is at stake, you do not want to keep him away. You want to talk to him because he is the only person that can hook you up with Syndros.

Bringing it to Full Circle

The best case scenario is you never get AIDS or cancer. But in the unfortunate circumstance that you do, just know that there is a drug out there that can keep you pointed in a positive direction. And if you do end up taking it, make double sure that you use it as directed.

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Kevin Rail
 

Kevin is an internationally known and sought after fitness coach and freelance writer He has been featured in the documentary films, “Fasting” and “The Motivation Factor” by Doug Orchard Films. Kevin specializes in functional training, core training, three-dimensional movement, motivation, and Restorative Arts. He has a B.S. in Sport Management/Fitness & Wellness from the California University of Pennsylvania, is certified through ACSM, AFM, NASM, and ACE, and has written well over 2,000 articles pertaining to health, wellness, and CBD.