FDA Approves Marijuana-Based Pharmaceutical Drug
FDA Approves Marijuana-Based Pharmaceutical Drug : Shots – Health News For the first time, the FDA has approved a drug containing CBD, an extract of marijuana. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a marijuana-derived drug for the treatment of two rare and serious forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, that begin in childhood but can persist in adulthood. The drug is made from purified cannabidiol, or CBD, a compound found in the cannabis plant. The drug will be marketed under the brand name Epidiolex.
CBD has medicinal effects, but it does not cause the mind-altering high that comes from THC, the primary psychoactive component of marijuana. The FDA says this is the first drug approved in the U.S. that contains a purified substance derived from marijuana. The agency has previously approved drugs made from synthetic versions of THC and other marijuana constituents. They’re not regulated the way pharmaceutical drugs are, so the consistency and dose can vary widely.
Having an FDA-approved, pharmaceutical-grade CBD drug will open up a new treatment option for epilepsy patients by delivering a high-quality, consistent dose of CBD, says Robert Carson a pediatric neurologist at Vanderbilt University who treats patients with epilepsy. The approval of Epidiolex may help open the door to more CBD research, as it helps to lift one regulatory hurdle. Until now, the Drug Enforcement Administration has classified CBD as a Schedule 1 substance. With the approval of a CBD drug, the DEA will change this, according to Dr. Douglas Throckmorton, deputy director of regulatory programs at the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research,.
Marijuana Is LSD
Marijuana is one of the less potent psychoactive drugs. Yes, in their universe, marijuana is LSD. It is worth mentioning that large doses of marijuana can produce hallucinations in some people. It’s a matter of debate whether second-hand marijuana smoke has any real effects, beyond giving some people a splitting headache and nausea from the smell. Justified in one case of Detective Conan, where the marijuana that drove a manor full of society elites into a murderous frenzy is said to have been laced with something far more dangerous.
Class of Nuke ‘Em High has an excuse for this-the marijuana was grown next to the nuclear power plant. In the early seventies educational film Focus on LSD, marijuana and hashish are listed as psychedelic drugs along with LSD, mescaline, peyote, STP and psilocybin. In How High, smoking marijuana and smoking a dead president causes a spirit to appear and communicate. Touch of Evil treats marijuana as just about the most dangerous drug out there. As if he’d never heard of a pot brownie…
Author J.T. Edson was violently opposed to marijuana and any time it is portrayed in his novels, it is shown in a negative light. Monk thinks he’s inhaled some weed smoke when he ends up catching Jimmy Belmont in the act of destroying marijuana crops that Harvey Disher had threatened to turn him in for, and starts freaking out. Party Down is pretty good about portraying drugs realistically and it’s specifically mentioned that Roman ingested about a tenth of an ounce of high-grade marijuana. Another episode features men in town deliberately getting testicular cancer in order to be able to legally buy marijuana from the local seller.
US Territory Considers Legal Marijuana Bill
New campaign finance reports received this week by the Oklahoma Ethics Commission. This is a sharp contrast to previous marijuana ballot measure campaigns in other states in which supporters have usually heavily outraised and outspent opponents. The main pro-PAC, Vote Yes On 788., registered on December 7, 2017 and got a head-start on fundraising and campaigning, raising $31,279. Their biggest donor by far was New Health Solutions Oklahoma, with a cash infusion of $130,000 and in-kind donations of legal services, office space, t-shirt printing, printing and fundraisers totaling $90,903. Didn’t even register until May 15, 2018, about 10 weeks before the vote.
The Oklahoma State Medical Association and Hospital Association and also pitched in, to the tune of $75,000 and $25,000, respectively. The largest individual donor, the retired President of Mercedes Benz of Oklahoma, gave $50,000. All of the donations came from the two people who founded the PAC, and all of the expenses went to filing fee to create the PAC, plus bank fees and mileage reimbursement. Following the passage of the ballot measure, its backers were dismayed by the way the Oklahoma State Department of Health took up implementing regulations. Approval of the medical marijuana ballot initiative marked the second time in recent years that Oklahoma voters surprised state lawmakers and law enforcement by approving a drug policy reform measure.
A group collecting signatures to get state question 797, a full marijuana legalization measure, on the ballot in November says they have reached their goal. If you value staying updated on cannabis news, please start a monthly Patreon pledge to support Marijuana Moment!