The FDA Just Approved A CBD Drug
No, you're not hearing things. This is correct. However, it doesn’t mean that cannabis is legal or even rescheduled.
On June 25th, 2018 the FDA approved a drug produced by GW Pharmaceuticals that contains cannabidiol aka CBD.
The drug, Epidiolex, is the first ever to be approved by the FDA to treat Dravet Syndrome Epilepsy and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. It’s also the first to contain a natural cannabis compound.
This is big news for the multi-million-dollar CBD industry. Now, you might be thinking this isn’t the first drug the FDA approved with cannabis in it. What about Marinol and Syndros? The FDA did approve both of these, but they don’t contain any cannabis.
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Epidiolex (cannabidiol) [CBD] oral solution for the treatment of seizures associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, in patients two years of age and older. This is the first FDA-approved drug that contains a purified drug substance derived from marijuana. It is also the first FDA approval of a drug for the treatment of patients with Dravet syndrome.”-FDA press release
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Both drugs contain a synthetic version of THC approved by the FDA, not actual natural plant derived cannabis like the CBD found in Epidiolex. It does come as a surprise that while CBD has been at the center of a heated legal debate in the U.S. when it comes to small business the FDA approves it for an international drug maker.
Did That Press Release Say Marijuana?
Yes, that press release said, “contains a purified substance derived from marijuana.” CBD from “marijuana” is much more concentrated by parts per million (PPM) than CBD derived from hemp. CBD from hemp contains an average of only 25 active ppm whereas CBD from marijuana contains 150,00 or more active ppm.
Cannabis prohibition has hurt America and continues to. While the approval of Epidiolex is great news, at the same time it sends a mixed message to the world. It’s as if the FDA is saying that only big drug makers can use cannabis in their drugs, not everyday citizens.
Could this mean that between the FDA and DEA we might see cannabis rescheduled? We know it’s very unlikely for them to remove cannabis from the controlled substance act. If they did that, how would they fill their private prisons? For now, cannabis is only legal on the federal level if you’re an international drug manufacture like GW Pharma.
What Is Epidiolex?
GW Pharma’s Epidiolex is their top cannabinoid product aspirant. Epidiolex is a proprietary oral solution containing pure plant-derived CBD. For patients with Dravet Syndrome Epilepsy, Epidiolex could be heaven sent.
Epidiolex didn’t just pop on the scene overnight. A successful run of clinical trials approved by the FDA led to the success of it’s approval. According to research conducted by GW Pharma, Epidiolex can reduce seizures in patients with Dravet Syndrome Epilepsy by up to as much as 42%.
For anyone who has seizures or has a child or loved one who has seizures, Epidiolex is amazing news. It also shows that the FDA is opening its eyes to all the success stories from cannabis. Epidiolex is even more than just a new drug to treat medical conditions. It’s a new door opening to the future of healthcare.
Dravet Syndrome Epilepsy
Dravet Syndrome Epilepsy is a life threatening medical condition that often leaves patients with little to no hope for a normal life. It’s also a condition that CBD only doesn’t treat very well. Don’t take our word for it, just ask Alexis Bortell.
“Dravet syndrome is a rare genetic dysfunction of the brain. It begins in the first year of life in an otherwise healthy infant and is lifelong.”- www.epilepsy.com
Alexis Bortell is the little girl with big plans who’s suing attorney general Jeff Sessions. Alexis had to leave her home in Texas when she was only five years old. She left her family and friends so that she could stay alive. Alexis is a medical cannabis refugee who lives in Colorado. Thanks to cannabis whole plant therapy, not CBD only treatments, Alexis is doing great today.
So good in fact that she’s aiming to change the laws in her home state of Texas even if she has to do it herself. Not to bad for a little girl with Dravet Syndrome Epilepsy alive and thriving thanks to cannabis. Alexis Bortell will be the first to tell you that CBD only laws don’t work. Hopefully the approval of Epidiolex by the FDA is a sign of changing times and views on cannabis as a medicine.
CBD Has Lots of Great Reported Benefits
Cannabidiol, more commonly called CBD has tons of reported benefits. Consumers have known what the medical industry is just letting on to knowing and that is that CBD is some pretty amazing stuff. Just look at this list of reported benefits from CBD.