|Can a drug test differentiate between Marinol and the real thing?
Oct 31, 2000
Hi Dr...i was wondering if a patient has a prescription for marinol and also uses marijuana, will/can a drug test be able to tell that you've actually smoked marijuana even tho you're using marinol? This is important to be because of work-related. They really can't say anything about the marinol, but just wondering/hoping that a test can't and they they would both show up as marijuana....which would be great for me since they know i'm using marinol...thanks, dr
| Response from Dr. Pavia
Marinol contains delta 9 THC, the main active ingredient in marijuana. Marijuana usually also contains a bunch of closely related compounds, or cannabinoids. Therefore, in theory, if you take marinol you will have only one cannabinoid in your blood, and if you smoke pot, you will have a variety of closely related compounds. (That's why the effects of different batches are so different)
As far as I know, most standard drug screens and tests do not discriminate different cannabinoids, and could not discriminate between marinol and other forms of marijuana. However, I would check with a toxicologist or your doctor to find out more. Obviously, if it mattered enough, such as in a police investigation, they probably could use precise enough methods.
Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- What Does Marinol Show Up As In A Drug Screen?
- Will Marinol Show Up In A Drug Screen?
- Can You Get Hiv From Eating Feces?
- Environmental And Lifestyle Factors Related To Hiv
- Hiv Negative Person Having Sex With An Hiv Positive Person
- I Have A Canker Sore Can I Make Out With Someone With Hiv
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.