Pot Pharm: An Inside Look at the Company Making Prescription Drugs from Marijuana

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Can marijuana be made into a tried-and-true prescription medication, one that could be covered by health insurance? According to results from a recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, yes, it most certainly can.

The study involved a drug called Epidiolex, formulated by the British company GW Pharmaceuticals. Epidiolex’s main ingredient is cannabidiol, or CBD — a component of marijuana with medicinal properties that doesn’t get anyone high.

The recently published study assessed whether Epidiolex could effectively — and safely — treat children with an epileptic disorder called Dravet syndrome, a condition marked by frequent and life-threatening seizures that are difficult to treat with conventional drugs. There are currently no approved medications for Dravet syndrome in the US, and if Epidiolex is approved by the FDA, it would

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