NCI Drug Dictionary

The NCI Drug Dictionary contains technical definitions and synonyms for drugs/agents used to treat patients with cancer or conditions related to cancer. Each drug entry includes links to check for clinical trials listed in NCI's List of Cancer Clinical Trials.

Cannabis extract oil SR capsule
A sustained-release (SR), oil-based oral capsule composed of a cannabis extract, which contains a variety of cannabinoids but is comprised mainly of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), with potential anti-cachectic and analgesic activities. Upon oral administration, the cannabinoids bind to the cannabinoid G-protein coupled receptor CB1, which is located in both central and peripheral neurons; CB1 receptor activation inhibits adenyl cyclase, increases various signal transduction pathways, and modulates the activity of various ion channels. This provides an analgesic effect, increases appetite, decreases chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, and improves weight gain. The formulation allows for the immediate release of cannabinoids and quick onset of action, which is followed by a gradual release of cannabinoids. The SR form facilitates longer lasting therapeutic effects and causes fewer psychoactive side effects when compared to non-SR cannabinoid-containing oral formulations. Check for active clinical trials using this agent. (NCI Thesaurus)

Synonym:Cannabis SR capsule
US brand name:Cannabics SR
Cannabics SR capsules