FDA Approves Drug Derived From Cannabis Oil: Here Comes Big Pharma

Via RT America: The FDA has announced it has approved a brand new drug derived from marijuana. Epi-Diolex is used to treat severe seizures and epilepsy.


  1. They banned it here in Ohio. Now instead of being able to buy it anywhere, you can only get it if you have a medical card and get it from a dispensary. Which there are barely any doctors who will prescribe or and there is still no dispensaries. It didn't take long for the fda to get hip and make their billions off the oil. The fda is bought and paid for by big pharma. Isn't cannabis still schedule 1? I have a feeling it's gonna be legalized everywhere soon.

  2. "GW Pharmaceuticals said it plans to charge about $32,500 per patient annually in the U.S. for its new treatment for rare forms of epilepsy, the first prescription drug derived from the marijuana plant."

  3. Firstly, CBD (Cannabidiol) is NOT a drug. It is a herb and 100% organic. How does a herb suddenly become a drug?? Secondly, CBD has more than one benefit, not just epilepsy. Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is a product that’s derived from cannabis. It’s a type of cannabinoid, which are the chemicals naturally found in marijuana plants. Even though it comes from marijuana plants, CBD doesn’t create a “high” effect or any form of intoxication — that’s caused by another cannabinoid, known as THC.

    There’s some controversy around cannabis products like CBD oil because of recreational marijuana use. But there’s growing awareness about the possible health benefits of CBD oil. Here’s what you need to know about six potential medical uses of CBD and where the research stands:

    1. Anxiety relief
    CBD may be able to help you manage anxiety. Researchers think it may change the way your brain’s receptors respond to serotonin, a chemical linked to mental health. Receptors are tiny proteins attached to your cells that receive chemical messages and help your cells respond to different stimuli.

    One study found that a 600mg dose of CBD helped people with social anxiety give a speech. Other early studies were done with animals have shown that CBD may help relieve anxiety by:

    reducing stress
    decreasing physiological effects of anxiety, such as an increased heart rate
    improving symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
    inducing sleep in cases of insomnia

    2. Anti-seizure
    CBD has been in the news before, as a possible treatment for epilepsy. Research is still in its early days. Researchers are testing how much CBD is able to reduce the number of seizures in people with epilepsy, as well as how safe it is. The American Epilepsy Society states that cannabidiol research offers hope for seizure disorders, and that research is currently being conducted to better understand safe use.

    A study from 2016 worked with 214 people with epilepsy. The study participants added oral doses of 2 to 5mg of CBD per day to their existing anti-epilepsy medications. The study’s researchers monitored the participants for 12 weeks, recording any negative side effects and checking on the frequency of their seizures. Overall, participants had 36.5 per cent fewer seizures per month. However, severe adverse effects were recorded in 12 per cent of the participants.

    3. Neuroprotective
    Researchers are looking at a receptor located in the brain to learn about the ways that CBD could help people with neurodegenerative disorders, which are diseases that cause the brain and nerves to deteriorate over time. This receptor is known as CB1.

    Researchers are studying the use of CBD oil for treating:

    Alzheimer’s disease
    multiple sclerosis (MS)
    Parkinson’s disease
    CBD oil may also reduce the inflammation that can make neurodegenerative symptoms worse. More research is needed to fully understand the effects of CBD oil for neurodegenerative diseases.

    4. Pain relief
    The effects of CBD oil on your brain’s receptors may also help you manage pain. Studies have shown that cannabis can offer some benefits when taken after chemotherapy treatments. Other pre-clinical studies sponsored by the National Institutes of Health are also looking at the role of cannabis in relieving symptoms caused by:

    chronic pain
    MS pain
    muscle pain
    spinal cord injuries
    Concussion injuries (contact sports, traffic accidents, etc)
    Anxiety and depression (bipolar, PTSD)
    And more….

    5. Anti-acne
    The effects of CBD on receptors in the immune system may help reduce overall inflammation in the body. In turn, CBD oil may offer benefits for acne management. A human study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that the oil prevented activity in sebaceous glands. These glands are responsible for producing sebum, a natural oily substance that hydrates the skin. Too much sebum, however, can lead to acne.

    5. Cancer treatment
    Some studies have investigated the role of CBD in preventing cancer cell growth, but research is still in its early stages. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) says that CBD may help alleviate cancer symptoms and cancer treatment side effects. However, the NCI doesn’t fully endorse any form of cannabis as a cancer treatment. The action of CBD that’s promising for cancer treatment is its ability to moderate inflammation and change how cell reproduce. CBD has the effect of reducing the ability of some types of tumour cells to re-produce.

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  4. I’ve listened to Ring of Fire Radio for years when Mike Papantonio hosted with Robert Kennedy, Jr. I have a credibility problem when the program is produced by Russia Today . This is true of many progressive viewpoints (Thom Hartman’s show and The Young Turks are another example) that can’t a network to host their show that has not been implicated in devious hacking and attacks on our Democratic values. I’m at a disadvantage that I must defend before I can reference to the validity of a renown Civil Rights Attorney. Isn’t there another venue that will host the show instead of getting involved with a state owned news network know to spread propaganda? Al Jazeera is an example of a News organization that paid this price during the start of the War in Iraq that has since gained credibility among journalists worldwide. Russia Today (RT) has been caught attempting to inject the same misinformation that Fox is best known for and while I am a progressive, it negates my desire to reference progressive programming on RT. Please reconsider the effect of broadcasting under RT’s network. This is not the time to be dismissed when this administration has the American Voter in a constant state of Chaos.

  5. For Cannabidiol to work at its best for seisures and most other medical conditions, it needs a some THC in the mix for the full benefits of cannabidiol to work! It's called the entourage effect! Marijuana contains over 113 cannabinoids, over 200 terpenes, and hundreds of other chemical compounds. These compounds work together to produce a synergistic effect known as the entourage effect. Dr. Sanjay Gupta himself explains this in all the four "Weed" documentaries he's put out. Leave it up to Big Pharma to screw up a perfectly natural occurring perfect plant!

  6. So many people sent to prison over the years. Cannabis, hemp, marijuana is a medicinal plant, food, paper, fuel, plastics, and others.

  7. The world health organization is trying to get CBD declassified, since there is no reason for it to be classified in the first place, I wish big pharma would just drop off the end of the earth for all the pain and suffering they have caused COUNTLESS people and their families. A whole plant extract, which may contain 100 or more cannabinoids and over 120 terpenes, (Turmeric contains terpenes) will never be matched in efficacy by any drug, anywhere ever. Big pharma is more or less equal to Monsanto when it comes to the money issue, people are using CBD to get off of all kinds of medications since its effects on the body is to drive all bodily systems towards homeostasis. People are being educated, seeing what it has done for countless chronic conditions. Nevermind the fact that Rick Simpson Oil has cured many stage IV cancer cases where the patient was sent home to hospice, that's something that we can't mention out loud, but we can certainly throw the evidence up on this comment page and let people decide for themselves if there is anything to it or not.

    Episode 188: She Successfully Treated Her 3 Different Cancers With Cannabis Oil

    Cannabis is curing my cancer now I want it legalized  https://youtu.be/_Zpli7sWZW4  

    Darren Miller is one of those people who have used this oil to cure his ‘incurable’ lung cancer, and managed to survive, and live against the odds.
    Initially, after his diagnosis, doctors informed him that he had a year to live, as he suffered from ‘inoperable incurable’ lung cancer.
    His treatment included chemotherapy, but he decided to also try his chances using cannabis oil, as he has read numerous success stories about its potential.
    Survival rates for lung cancer are incredibly low, with stage IA cancer survival rate at 50%, and for stage IV, only 1% of the patients manage to survive.
    Darren decided to move to California with his wife in order to be able to legally try the cannabis oil treatment.
    Only after 7 months, his cancer was gone! In an interview for the CBS News, he said:
    “Today, which is seven months later, they tell me I am completely cancer-free – not remission. I’ve cured my cancer. Now, am I giving credit to the cannabis oil? Absolutely. Am I giving credit to chemo? I would have to say yes, too. I did both.”
    His successful story made him want to help others in the similar position and set up his own cannabis oil treatment.

    She healed leukemia, sarcoma and stage IV cervical cancer:  https://youtu.be/Uc2-hjGiNFA

    Cannabis oil cured Stan Rutner's brain and lung cancer. Three minute video, complete with MRI's. https://youtu.be/hT8ryvvdSto  More at http://www.Cureyourowncancer.org

    Breast cancer cleared with cannabis oil, No Chemo or radiation:  https://youtu.be/8_AAfvNVuSc  

    Cannabis cured my cancer  (Brain cancer) https://youtu.be/LUsAgrrnB1A


    Dr. Confirms cannabis oil cures brain tumor and brain cancer  https://youtu.be/a6iba3sEUIg

    Rick Simpson Oil can cure cancer, Interview:  https://youtu.be/RMX4hl2dLlI  

    I secretly gave my son cannabis to save his life  This Morning https://youtu.be/qqvJOAV7oAc

    Amazing: Hemp oil cured man's stage IV pancreatic cancer (With medical records) https://youtu.be/vZN1-_lBaxo

    Debbie's story, stage IV lung cancer  https://youtu.be/38CmW83rCL4

    Dennis Hill on killing adenocarcinoma prostate cancer with cannabis extract https://youtu.be/WRJxauzFfNM
    After three months on two doses of cannabis extract daily, Dennis's adenocarcinoma of the prostate is gone. Another three months takes care of any remaining metastases and Dennis gets the all clear from his physician after only six months. He uses no other intervention.

    Prostate cancer patient symptom free after using cannabis oil.https://youtu.be/Xe8w0HkCn5I
    An interview between Werner Bruining of http://www.mediwiet.nl and a patient who was diagnosed with prostate cancer. In the interview the patient describes how he used cannabis oil to combat his prostate cancer. For personal reasons, this patient refused surgery and opted for THC-containing cannabis oil instead. The patient has recently been diagnosed cancer free, suggesting cannabis oil actually cured cancer in this case.

    Sharon Kelly: Cannabis killed stage IV terminal lung cancer  https://youtu.be/IIw142jNoKw

    Dr. Christina Sanchez explains how cannabis kills cancer cells https://youtu.be/1miGzTwK28U   More at http://www.cureyourowncancer.org

    Doctor William Courtney on the benefits of raw cannabis  https://youtu.be/eRLVyGfGcZs   21 minute mark, father shrinks baby's brain tumor with cannabinoids

    How cannabis oil cures cancer   https://youtu.be/odle0-rC5c8

    Can cannabis oil reduce cancerous tumors   News Night https://youtu.be/U0-5JLykrVU

    Cannabis oil and stage IV primary liver cancer  https://youtu.be/_GFOlWMKquU

    50 year old man cures lung cancer with cannabis oil  https://youtu.be/QECCsfVBdR0

    The science of cannabis as a cancer cure Documentary  https://youtu.be/xh3try8n878

    Scientific explanation on how and why cannabis can cure cancer https://youtu.be/75FQKQOKvVM

    Harvard update on medical cannabis  https://youtu.be/gSOWGCPrEp0

  8. Make your own or just smoké some. Now it's the whites turn to die and be put in jail/prison for Opoids. 😂😂😂

  9. A sh*t ton of patents the government bought up.. THEY KNEW.. so yeah, let’s get a Big Pharma DRUG knockoff instead of the real thing. As long as these bastards can make money, then FDA will approve… they don’t care. They need to just scrap this dumbass “schedule 1” bullsh*t altogether and focus on the REAL threatening Drugs.. but that won’t happen because of the massive legal repercussions jails all over would see and then eventual lawsuits for time, reputation, money, etc loss for people getting thrown in jail for “possession”, etc etc. so many threads that could unravel. That’s why the feds won’t change things

  10. Here comes the conspiracy theories!! The biggest joke regarding scheduling of drugs via C.S.A. is Marijuana is a schedule 1 meaning it has absolutely no medical uses and is highly dangerous and maybe very physically addictive. Yet there has never been a reported death contributed to Marijuana..EVER!! .. The worst schedule and the biggest SCAM is cocaine being a schedule 2 drug?? They use coke in minor surgery like Rhino-plasty.. How many.people have croaked from a coke O.D. or died.from 10/2ing the glass di¢k??? The only thing I'm concerned with regarding Mari-J is young people from 16-24 y.o. smoking it.. The human brain isn't fully "developed" till about 23-24 maybe older.. What kind of harm could an everyday weed smoker do to his brain during development??? Questions that need answers!

  11. Government wants to legalize mj/cannabis/hemp…. but only if they can figure out how to let crony capitalism and the pharmaceutical industry control it all and hoard all the profits for themselves.

  12. OF COURSE….
    WANTS IN!!!!

  13. so 50+ years of BULLSHIT saying POT has no medical benefits is down the toilet, and the 1st "FDA approved" drug is for exactly what 2000 years of chinese history has told the world. Big Pharma companies are Fucking Hypocrites.
    Marijuana is VERY unstable re mass production, the dug strength varies wildly, remember all those super strong pot strains from the 80/90's? that WAS DNA Modified strains being tested (ILLEGALLY) on the general populace, BIG PHARMA were desperate to "stabilize" a strain for production.
    Anyone who has ever tried to grow POT for a "high" knows you need to check EVERY plant EVERY day, as they can switch gender and ruin an entire crop. Females allowed to go to seed is USELESS for the THC content (but great for getting oil from the seed, which is what medical use tends to need).

  14. some day man dies spending a lifetime finding a cure  for cancer, pharma steals it deludes it and keeps it from saving mass numbers of lives so they make trillions with deluded product

  15. DEA should not schedule drugs. They are a law enforcement agency. So to them everything is going to be illegal. The FDA should be the one scheduling drugs.

  16. For the longest time, they tried to stop cannabis from being used for, well, anything. One of the many reasons it was wrongfully classified as schedule I which states "no currently accepted medical use", and it stayed that way for 22 years despite repeated petitions. Still, some states refuse to legalize it and some don't even legalize for medical use.
    Yellow journalists helped by stopping hemp.
    But hey, pharma says "Wait! Why are we fighting? We can make money off this!" Thanks pharma- you're the best! Ah well, I shouldn't complain too much, recreational marijuana is legal here… as long as they keep the grubby hands off that than… um… lost my train of thought. Man, I got the munchies…

  17. Please learn to pronounce cannabadiol. The last 2 syllables is diol, not oidal. And CBDs are good for a tremendous number of problems, not just epilepsy.

  18. Ok. Here we go. I can see and hear it now…the tv ad of lawyers looking for clients getting a part of the big pharma settlement because users of their drugs suffered the growth of synthetic weed stones in their kidneys.

  19. WTF there are medical marijuana stores, I m in the process of getting my I'd for it. It is a process,but big pharma will get involved and rip off people. These places sell oil, eadables, buds you can buy what and how much you want. My orthopedic doctor will give me a script
    Corporate wants in, go figure.

  20. I'm surprised it took them this long. Corporations already involved in cannabis years ago. I wonder what Jeff sessions thinks about this.

  21. Told ya … the Govt. will soon be in control of it all over again, just on the other side of things.

  22. They should be sued seeing the F.D.A. is a federal agency their tests in making of a drug at a time when cannabis was against federal law. Say good bye to dispensaries soon to be F.D.A. controlled.

  23. And of course big Pharma push for it to stay illegal until they could get their greedy little hands on it and push the common industry out.

  24. Wow she butchered those pronunciations. People need to be educated about cannabis ("marijuana" is a propaganda term and should never be used to discuss the plant's medical benefits) and GW Pharma is going to be awful for small businesses trying to make waves in this industry. Big Pharma all over again with their patents.

  25. This does legitimize cannabis as being medically useful. Unfortunately, this is obviously a greed driven effort by pharmaceutical corporations to take away the grass roots, pun intended, control of the most useful plant on Earth. Not only pharmaceutical corporations, but petrochemical, textile, paper products, animal feed and here's something we don't hear about…  Cannabis seed is the world’s most nutritious natural food for humans. 
    It is second only to soya in protein content (at 33%) and has high complex carbohydrates content at about 34% it is also high in fiber. It contains all 20 known Essential Amino Acids (EAAs), the only natural life form in the world that does and this includes the 9 humans must have (they are Essential because our bodies cannot make or store them). It has Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9, it contains more Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) (Linoleic (LA) and Linolenic acid (LNA) than any other plant, it has some zinc, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and Sulphur and vitamins (including E) and enzymes. Don't worry, the seeds don't get you high.

  26. Oh big pharma has been all over it just waiting for the federal government to let them nothing beats the original cannabis

  27. CBD should be given out for free to all americans.

    edit: THC/CBD has been used throughout human history. People knew about this so long ago, its not until the government made it illegal that stuff got screwed up. There are lots of other plants out there as well.

  28. And Big Pharma probably holds the patents and will rake in big dollars for each prescription filled.

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