The Food and Drug Administration in June approved the first-ever prescription drug made from cannabis. The new drug, Epidiolex, is now available by prescription in all 50 states.
The new medication from GW Pharmaceuticals will be used to treat two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, a neurological disorder that leads to unpredictable seizures. The oral solution is to be taken twice daily.
Epidiolex contains cannabidiol, a chemical component of marijuana. The medication does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol, marijuana’s primary psychoactive component that causes the common “high.”
With the drug, seizures from epilepsy disorders Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome can be better controlled and “have a profound impact” on patients’ quality of life, FDA division of neurology products director Billy