First FDA-approved marijuana-based drug now available in all 50 states

  • The first prescription drug made from marijuana is now available for prescription in all 50 states – a milestone that could spur more research into a drug that remains illegal under federal law.
  • In June, the Food and Drug Administration approved the twice-daily oral medication, Epidiolex, to treat two rare forms of epilepsy that begin in childhood.
  • FDA officials said the drug reduced seizures when combined with older epilepsy drugs.
  • The FDA has previously approved synthetic versions of another cannabis ingredient for medical use, including severe weight loss in patients with HIV.
  • Before sales of Epidiolex can begin, the Drug Enforcement Administration must formally reclassify CBD into a different category of drugs that have federal medical approval.

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