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Medical pot activists fear epilepsy drug could undercut them

9 months 4 days 23 hours ago April 17, 2016 Apr 17, 2016 Sunday, April 17 2016 April 17, 2016 2:47 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APnewsNow

COLUMBUS, Ohio - An experimental epilepsy drug made from cannabis plants grown in England is complicating the medical marijuana debate in hospitals and statehouses.

Epidiolex is a nearly pure extract of cannabidiol, or CBD, with little of the tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, that gets users high.

CBD products are the current rage in medical marijuana movement, and activists fear Food and Drug Administration approval of Epidiolex could undercut their political momentum and access to the whole plant.

Anup Patel, a pediatric neurologist at Columbus' Nationwide Children's Hospital, insists Epidiolex contains the optimal known marijuana compound for treating seizures. It will be submitted for FDA approval later this year.

So far, the FDA has not found any botanical form of marijuana to be safe or effective to treat any disease or condition.

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