All aboard the green dragon express! It may be the Year of the Monkey according to the Chinese zodiac, but the Green Dragon just might steal the limelight. You may recognize this time-honored medical miracle by its more common name, cannabis tincture.
Once a common inhabitant of American medicine chests, cannabis tincture went into hiatus when Prohibition 2 took hold in 1937. One form of cannabis tincture making a big-time comeback is Big Pharma brainchild Sativex (nabiximols) from GW Pharmaceuticals. Sativex is essentially pure THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), as an oral mist for patients with multiple sclerosis, neuropathic pain, muscle spasticity, overactive bladder, and various other symptoms. The medicine was scientifically tested in clinical trials and approved in the U.S. and UK.
United we stand
Some scientists, however—including those who discovered THC and CBD—do not favor single-cannabinoid drugs. They point to the “entourage effect” of full-spectrum cannabis extract being medically…