Mon Oct 1, 2018, 11:20 AM

DEA Clears the Cannabis Drug Epidiolex for Sale in the U.S.

But feds say it doesn't change the legal status of marijuana or its compounds, CBD and THC

he Drug Enforcement Agency ruled Thursday that the new epilepsy drug Epidiolex—which contains CBD, a chemical extracted from cannabis plants—won’t face the same federal restrictions as other products made from marijuana. That will make Epidiolex the first medication derived from marijuana that doctors can legally prescribe everywhere in the country.
However, the decision applies only to Epidiolex. The DEA still considers CBD—or cannabidiol—in other forms to be a Schedule I drug, the same as heroin and LSD.

While many states have passed laws legalizing CBD, citing its potential health benefits, from the federal government’s perspective the compound remains illegal, at least when it comes from marijuana. (The legal status of CBD from hemp, a related cannabis plant, is murky; read “What Is CBD?” for more details.) And that DEA classification also still applies to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the chemical in cannabis plants that can get users high.

“We are pleased that the DEA has placed Epidiolex in the lowest restriction schedule because it will help ensure that patients with Lennox-Gastaut, and Dravet syndrome, two of the most debilitating forms of epilepsy, can access this important new treatment option through their physicians,” Justin Gover, chief executive officer for GW Pharmaceuticals, the maker of Epidiolex, said in a statement.


This is FANTASTIC news!! I think it's going to be expensive though, from what I have read. One of my friend's children suffers from Lennox-Gastaut, and hopefully, this will help with seizure control. Another person I know has had great success with CBD in relation to her child's epilepsy, so I hope they revisit legislation in the future.

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Mon Oct 1, 2018, 12:34 PM

1. hmmm - so whatever is GW Pharmaceuticals supposed to do with the leftover THC ?


I think not . . . . .


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