Cook Children's Medical Center Helped Develop New Drug Made From Marijuana

Andrew Greenstein
June 26, 2018 - 5:48 am
Cannabis, Marijuana

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FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - Cook Children's Medical Center has played a significant role in getting approval for a prescription drug made from marijuana that's designed to help children with a rare illness. 

Cook Children's Medical Center participated in the clinical trials for the drug used to treat two rare forms of childhood epilepsy.

Medical Director of Neurology Dr. M. Scott Perry says the drug proved its effectiveness in a double-blind placebo-controlled study.

The active ingredient from the cannabis plant is known as CBD, it's not the chemical that gets users high.

It's unclear exactly why that ingredient reduces seizures in some people.

Regardless, the Food and Drug Administration gave its approval for the medication, which is a strawberry-flavored syrup.

The Drug Enforcement Administration now has 90 days to reschedule the drug to a lower schedule so that it can be prescribed to patients