The FDA Just Approved Its First-Ever Cannabis-Based Drug

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For thousands of years, cannabis has been used to treat everything from pain to indigestion.

Now, it is finally making its pharmaceutical debut, potentially opening the door for further marijuana-based treatments.

On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration announced the approval of Epidiolex, a cannabidiol (CBD) solution, to treat seizures in two rare forms of epilepsy: Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. CBD is a member of the cannabinoid family, a group of chemicals produced by marijuana and other cannabis plants. Epidiolex is the first cannabis-based drug ever approved by the FDA.

Epidiolex is the first cannabis-based drug ever approved by the FDA.

The FDA approval was nearly guaranteed after a panel unanimously

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