First cannabis-based prescription drug available in US

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.

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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.”

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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

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