US approves first marijuana plant-derived drug for epilepsy
Updated : June 26, 2018 10:00 AM IST
GW Pharma grows its own supply of cannabis in specialised glass houses in the United Kingdom to ensure uniformity in the genetic composition of the plants, which are then processed into a liquid solution of CBD.
The drug, Epidiolex, is made up of cannabidiol (CBD), one of the hundreds of molecules found in the marijuana plant, and contains less than 0.1 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component that makes people high.
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