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FDA Approves First Marijuana-Based Drug for Epilepsy Patients

The Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug using CBD, a compound found in marijuana, to treat rare forms of epilepsy.

The approved drug is called Epidiolex. It’s an oral solution for the treatment of seizures associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy — Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. Patients must be two years or older.

This is also the first FDA-approved drug for the treatment of Dravet syndrome.

CBD is a chemical component of marijuana, but does not cause the “high” associated with the drug that comes from the THC component.

Dravet syndrome is a rare genetic condition that appears during the first year of life, the FDA said .

So how do you get medical marijuana treatment in Southwest Florida?

  • Be a Florida resident
  • Be a qualified under the Compassionate Use Registry
  • Submit an application

RELATED: Florida Moving Forward With the Idea of Smokeable Marijuana

Additional reporting by Anna Kohls