FDA approves marijuana-derived drug

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NBCNC) – The Food and Drug Administration has approved a marijuana-based medicine to treat severe forms of epilepsy.

The drug is called “Epidiolex.” It’s an oral solution derived from cannabis.

It does not contain THC, the ingredient that gives recreational users of marijuana a high.

It’s approved only for rare forms of epilepsy-like Dravet Syndrome.

The FDA says Monday’s action is not an approval of overall marijuana use, even if it’s intended to treat other illnesses.

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