FDA-approved medicine derived from marijuana could be available soon in Ohio

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The US drug regulator has approved the first cannabis-based epilepsy treatment for children as young as two.

Epidiolex is actually made by extracting the CBD molecule from cannabis plants and isolating it, Stephen Schultz, a spokesperson for GW Pharmaceuticals, which makes the drug, tells Yahoo Lifestyle.

Vivian's parents, Brian and Meghan Wilson, elevated the shortcomings of the state's medicinal marijuana program and helped pass a law that led to the availability of a wide range of strains.

Made by GW Pharmaceuticals, the drug treats two rare types of epilepsy using CBD, a therapeutic compound in cannabis that's not linked with a high.

The drug contains nearly non of the psychoactive chemical from marijuana that makes people high and proved through testing to be effective in treatment of certain pediatric seizure patients.

Ironically, an advisory panel for the FDA unanimously approved the recommendation for Epidiolex one day before 4/20.

Physicians say it's important to have a consistent, government-regulated version.

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Aside from Epidiolex, GW Pharma also sells Sativex-which includes components of marijuana-in 30 countries as a treatment for multiple sclerosis-related spasticity. "This is the approval of one specific CBD medication for a specific use", Gottlieb said. There was some concern about the drug's effects on the liver, but experts have said this risk could be addressed by doctors as they monitor their patients during treatment. Last year, researchers funded by GW Pharmaceuticals published in the New England Journal of Medicine findings of a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of cannabidiol in 120 children and young adults suffering from a severe form of childhood epilepsy called Dravet syndrome.

The FDA said Monday that the drug doesn't cause the high that comes from the chemical tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the main psychoactive component of marijuana.

"I preferred this to some of those other options because it's is a commercial product that has gone through rigorous testing", said Hendershot, who lives in Rochester, New York.

The medication, which will continue to be manufactured in Britain, will be marketed by Greenwich Biosciences, the USA subsidiary of GW Pharmaceuticals. It is currently a Schedule 1 drug, along with heroin, because of abuse potential, but GW expects Epidiolex to have a less restrictive DEA scheduling because of studies showing minimal abuse potential and now an approved medical use. The agency is expected to make this classification within 90 days. Epidiolex contains CBD, a cannabis chemical compound skyrocketing in popularity and driving what is estimated to have doubled into a $200 million market in 2018.

"We are encouraging our patients to wait and explain to them why it's a better way to go instead of using things that aren't studied or tested", Patel said. And the company plans to continue importing the medicine, bypassing onerous US regulations on manufacturing restricted substances.

As the FDA itself notes, "this is the first FDA-approved drug that contains a purified drug substance derived from marijuana". "This is how sound medical science is advanced".

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