An eerie bit of news has graced today’s 4/20 celebrations across America. (“Four twenty” is code for smoking marijuana, making the day 4/20 special in cannabis culture.)
On Thursday, the FDA, notorious for approving fatal opioids and other drugs – and attacking plants and homeopathics – bestowed its blessing on a new epilepsy drug that contains actual plant-based cannabidiol (CBD). That is to say an FDA advisory committee made the recommendation for approval of Epidiolex – the first marijuana-derived drug to get such a green light.
Epidiolex is “a breakthrough in the field of epilepsy,” said Justin Gover, CEO of GW Pharmaceuticals PLC, the UK-based biopharmaceutical company that made the drug. “It’s the first cannabis-based pharmaceutical to be approved by the FDA. It’s the first in a new class of treatments with a new mechanism of action against epilepsy.”
Source: News To Me