But because all these products are illegal according to the federal government, cannabis advocates are cautious. “By and large, the federal government is looking the other way,” says Paul Armentano, deputy director of the Washington, DC–based National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), but until federal laws are changed, “this administration or a future one could crack down on people who produce, manufacture, or use CBD, and the law would be on its side.”
Epidolex is a pharmaceutical drug that has been recently approved by the FDA for the treatment of seizures. This drug is a synthetic version of CBD and it has been approved for treating Infantile Spasms, Dravet syndrome as well as other severe seizure disorders. Many people are hoping that this approval given by FDA will encourage more research into CBD and the effects it has on the brain.