RACINE – Medical marijuana smoking remains illegal in Wisconsin, as it does in 19 states, even if prescribed by a doctor. However, other uses of drugs made from chemicals found in the marijuana plant are getting OK at the state and national levels.
State Senator Van Wanggaard, R-Racine, has applauded the Federal Drug Administration for approving Epidiolex to treat four forms of epilepsy. The active ingredient in Epidiolex is cannabidiol (CBD), a compound found in plants of marijuana. This is the first time that the FDA has approved a medicine based on cannabis.
"It's about time," Wanggaard told The Journal Times.
Wanggaard is happy to see researchers researching drugs that do not depend on artificial chemicals, but use natural products, such as CBD. In addition to seizures, it has been shown that CBD also reduces anxiety and inflammation, but does not create the "high" sensation badociated with marijuana. That sensation results from psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. There are only small amounts of THC in Epidiolex, less than 0.1 percent.
Epidiolex was created by Greenwich Biosciences, a pharmaceutical company focused on CBD-based therapeutics.
"In theory, it's a good start to recognize there are some of the medicinal effects you may have," Wanggaard said.
According to its website, Greenwich Biosciences is "committed to developing new drugs to treat rare and refractory epilepsy conditions where there are limitations or, in some cases, no treatment." approved treatment options. "
Epidiolex comes in liquid form and can be consumed while drinking, which allows it to be administered to young children."
Although this is the first CBD-based medication approved by the FDA, Wanggaard hopes that more and more will be allowed in the future.
"(The FDA approval of Epidiolex is) a small step towards full legalization of CBD, but it is a significant one," Wanggaard said in a press release.
maximum, Epidiolex will be available to Wisconsin residents within 120 days after FDA approval, which was announced in April.
However, Wanggaard distrusts the uncontrolled approval of CBD-based drugs. of many opioid-based drugs exacerbated the prevalence of addictions throughout the country.
"If we start to expand the scope of drug use, we will have to control it," Wanggaard said. and according to the recreational use of marijuana. I think that opens a can of worms. … Regarding medicinal use? Oh yes, we can see that. "
CBD oil, which does not contain any THC, was legalized for use prescribed by a doctor in Wisconsin in April 2017. The oil has been used to treat the anxiety, depression, acne and pain, as well as reducing the negative side effects of chemotherapy for cancer patients.
In Racine County, the legality of selling CBD oil was questioned last month, and Tricia Hanson, prosecutor Racine County warned it stores, under penalty of prosecution According to state law, it is legal for doctors to prescribe CBD oil and other CBD-based products, but they can not be sold over the counter yet.
] Days after issuing the warning, Hanson stated that the county will wait "to prosecute these cases until the law in this area is more resolved. "