The acceptance of medical marijuana and cannabidiol (CBD) products is picking up momentum across the United States. Case in point, last month an additional five states voted to legalize medicinal or recreational cannabis, putting more pressure on the medical, research, and regulatory communities to provide some guidance.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took a step in that direction recently with a day-long virtual symposium held by its Office of Women’s Health. The session focused on gender differences in the use of CBD and cannabis-based products, potential sex and gender interactions with regard to anxiety, pain, and pregnancy, and other outcomes.
In a keynote delivered to more than 600 healthcare practitioners, policymakers, patients, and other stakeholders, Douglas Throckmorton, MD, deputy director for regulatory programs at the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, underscored the complexities of cannabinoid therapeutics and the logistical and regulatory challenges the agency faces.