This Epilepsy Flavor Drug Is Made from Marijuana

This Epilepsy Flavor Drug Is Made from Marijuana

America finally legalized the sale of Medical Marijuana. Uniquely, the drug to treat epilepsy seizures is in the form of syrup and has a strawberry flavor.

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorizes Epidiolex made by GW Pharmaceutical. This drug contains cannabidiol (CBD), a substance from marijuana that causes feelings of calm and overcoming seizures but does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the ingredient in marijuana that makes a person fly or get drunk.

This makes Epidiolex the first marijuana-based prescription drug that can be circulated in the United States. Epidiolex has passed a series of scientific tests and clinical trials, including research on 500 epilepsy patients.

Dr. Ellaine Wirrel, director of the child epilepsy program at the Mayo Clinic, said she was happy that the marijuana-based epilepsy drug was finally approved by the FDA. Even so, he reminded that supervision must continue.

“With products with varying doses, supervision is important so that drugs are not misused,” Dr. Wirrel said, quoted by the Daily Mail.

Like other drugs, Epidiolex is not without side effects. Diarrhea, vomiting, fatigue and weakness and sleep disorders are some of the side effects that arise when taking this medicine.

Scott Gottlieb from the FDA said that the Epidiolex legal did not indicate that all drugs made from marijuana, especially CBD oil, were legally used. Legal drugs must have been approved by the FDA before being consumed by the public.

“We will prepare penalties if we see any CBD-based drugs that are sold illegally without any clinical testing and verification,” he concluded.

But now, some Latin countries already legalize marijuana for Recreational Marijuana.