FDA approves new marijuana drug for epilepsy

  • The FDA approved a new drug containing a chemical found in marijuana.
  • The drug is called Epidiolex, and it’s used to treat epilepsy.
  • This is the first time a federal agency has approved actual components of marijuana in a prescription drug.

    For decades, researchers have hoped that marijuana, which federal law currently prohibits, will one day be approved to treat a variety of conditions like glaucoma, cancer, and multiple sclerosis. Although only 29 states plus Washington D.C. have passed laws to permit the use of medical marijuana, on Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved its first prescription epilepsy drug containing cannabidiol (CBD), one of the more than 80 chemicals found in marijuana plants.

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