Last week, the Drug Enforcement Agency gave the all-clear for Epidiolex, an epilepsy drug derived from cannabis, to be sold on the market. Though cannabis is still illegal at the national level, Epidiolex is now in the least restrictive category of drug regulation, Schedule V. The move is a good news for pharmaceutical companies that want to develop their own cannabis-based drugs, but it won’t mean much for other cannabis “wellness” products.
Epidiolex, made by GW Pharmaceuticals, treats severe forms of childhood epilepsy and is the first drug derived from natural cannabis that is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. Epidiolex includes cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical that comes from the cannabis plant that is not psychoactive. (In terms of legality, no one really knows how to classify it yet.)
Though the FDA approved the drug back in April, GW couldn’t sell it because