The U.S. health regulator approved the first cannabis-based drug that will aid in the treatment of epilepsy. This will be the beginning of cannabis based drug research that can potentially help patients that struggle with illnesses like epilepsy.
The drugs permit includes patients aged two years and older with Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome. Both are rare childhood-onset forms of epilepsy and are more resistant to treatment.
"This approval serves as a reminder that advancing sound development programs that properly evaluate active ingredients contained in marijuana can lead to important medical therapies," said Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.
GW Pharma takes measures to grow and ensure the safety of their cannabis plants. They grow their plants in specialized glass houses in the United Kingdom and process their plants into liquid CBD form.
According to project CBD, CBD-rich cannabis is non-psychoactive or less psychoactive than THC-dominant strains makes it an appealing option for patients looking for relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, seizures, spasms, and other conditions without disconcerting feelings of lethargy or dysphoria.
"I hope patients have conversations with their physicians about whether this product (Epidiolex) provides them with treatment they have been looking for with other unapproved products," said Douglas Throckmorton, deputy director of regulatory programs at the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
The approval of this drug may possibly be the start of a new age of treatment in the US.
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