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BREAKING: FDA Approves Trials for Cannabis-Based Epilepsy Medicine

From The Joint Blog:

Maria la France, Iowan mother of a 12 year old with epilepsy, said after hearing this news: "Oh, to be one of those lucky 25 children."

Maria la France, Iowan mother of a 12 year old with epilepsy, said after hearing this news: “Oh, to be one of those lucky 25 children.”

The U.S. Federal Drug Administration has given unprecedented approval for two separate trials of Epidiolex, a liquid medicine made entirely of cannabis; the substance contains 98% cannabidiol, a nonpsychoactive compound found in cannabis – the remaining 2% consist of various trace amounts of other cannabinoids.

The studies will be led by Orrin Devinsky, MD at New York University’s School of Medicine, and Roberta Cilio, MD, PhD, at the University of California.

Each study will involve 25 participants, all children. —Full article available here

It’s about damn time the government started allowing actual research on cannabis as medicine. This is not nearly enough — but it’s a start.

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