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FDA Approves CBD Treatment for Children

Jason David administers oral drops of a medical marijuana tincture that he says has greatly helped control the symptoms of his son Jayden's severe epilepsy in Modesto, California, July 20, 2012.

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FDA Approves CBD Treatment for Children

Jason David administers oral drops of a medical marijuana tincture that he says has greatly helped control the symptoms of his son Jayden’s severe epilepsy in Modesto, California, July 20, 2012.
photo: Luis Sinco | Los Angeles Times

Children with Rare Epilepsy to be Treated with Cannabis

A drug made with cannabis has been approved by the FDA to treat children with rare epileptic conditions. GW Pharmaceuticals has announced FDA orphan drug designation for Epidiolex, a drug that contains plant-derived Cannabidiol (CBD), for treating 125 children. Orphan drug designation, approved for rare conditions that generally affect fewer than 200,000 individuals, means the U.K.-based biopharmaceutical company will receive tax incentives as well as a seven-year marketing monopoly on the drug.

CBD, a compound in cannabis that does not produce the psychoactive affects of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), has been shown to treat a number of conditions including Dravet syndrome. The syndrome, highlighted in the CNN documentary “Weed” by Dr. Sanjay Gupta earlier this year, is a rare form of childhood epilepsy. In Gupta’s documentary CBD is a lifeline for Charlotte Figi, a 6-year-old who suffers from the syndrome that makes her prone to up to 300 seizures per week.

GW Pharmaceuticals also produces Sativex, an oral spray that includes both CBD and THC and is approved for the treatment of multiple sclerosis in Canada, New Zealand, Spain and the U.K.

Tell Us in the comments below, do you believe children should be allowed to be treated with medical marijuana?

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. บารากุไฟฟ้า

    November 20, 2015 at 3:04 am

    There is no foul smell or ash at your place while using e-hookah unlike hookahs.

    Not only that they help out with the confusing process of building
    and construction but also help the local people who will benefit
    with the development. This includes manpower, expertise and business mailing list.

  2. gta v argent triche

    September 4, 2015 at 8:07 am

    What’s up mates, its impressive article on the topic of educationand entirely defined,
    keep it up all the time.

  3. "In God we trust" in the green

    March 8, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    we feed our children forms of meth for ADHD…. ?? Why shouldn’t the children get the benefits of a natural product. It doesn’t make since to me, not to. As far as the pharmaceutical companies that was mentioned in previous remarks. This plant grows easily for anyone. It should be legal to grow for personal use. Give anyone that applies license to grow a few plants and starters for a small annual tax revenue and wow!, no more sales market needed. easy and simple. Recreational smoke would be so plentiful, it would be worth nothing to sell. No criminals and no big farms needed. Could even keep the medicinal dispensaries open for specific characteristic needed with dosages set. Just my thoughts…..I know that the legislation have the green in their eyes also by now, just not the same green we see. They only want the $.

  4. cannabis1951

    November 20, 2013 at 12:55 am

    This is good news for a change.
    The sad part of this, a British Big-Pharma.
    The US needs to change their laws on Cannabis so our farmers could benefit from this. It’s so sad that it is illegal in the US, can’t even look for other good stuff from the green

  5. Onlyhonor what's real

    November 16, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    The only reason they have now approved it is that a big Pharma company is going to make big money from it that the only reason otherwise the kids would still suffer let people grow there own don’t pay the pharmacies please it’s setting up to be big Pharma don’t let it happen

    • Susan Carroll Gomez

      March 20, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      One place the use of cannabis was legal but not the growing. We have no freedom. It is not only Big Pharma dipping in the pot but also government.

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