It’s pretty clear with the recent developments that Big Pharm is seriously looking at Cannabinoids. While the vast majority like GW Pharm are using synthetic versions there are plant derived cannabinoids and the plant itself being used in clinical studies.
The cost of Synthetic Cannabinoids is easy to determine. Sigma-Aldrich offers Cannabinol for $25 a milligram. A single milligram of THC costs almost $50. Cannabidiol is also nearly $50 a milligram. Synthetic Cannabinoid medications are going to be expensive. Given that a dose of 10mg THC – <1mg CBD needed for pain the cost per dose is going to be over $500.
Plant based medications are in comparison cheap. Even at the expensive distributors in a very restrictive state like MN you can get 100mg of THC and 4mg of CBD for only $47.00 . This comes down to $4.70 per effective dose. Clearly plant based extracts of Cannabinoids are cheaper than synthetically produced ones.
Big Pharmacy seems to be interested in making Cannabinoids but will the public be able to afford what they synthetically produce? Not at $500+ a dose