Bloomberg – Marijuana is now being prescribed for people with chronic pain, but not necessarily because of the drug’s effects.
It’s a new drug approved on Tuesday by the United States Food and Drug Administration for those suffering from dabs, a type of painkiller commonly known as “marihuana.”
The approval of the new drug, which has not yet been approved by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, comes just weeks after a federal judge in New York said it could be legal to prescribe marijuana to those who are seriously ill.
The FDA said it is reviewing the decision and expected to issue final approval within three to six weeks.
Dabs are the second-most-used painkiller in the U and the second most-used in the world, according to the FDA.
The Drug Enforcement Agency has banned all marijuana-based drugs in the United, and the Drug Enforcement Branch of the Justice Department has asked the courts to block any further use of the marijuana for purposes beyond dabs.
The agency said it was also considering whether to take action against a marijuana producer that has been using dabs for more than a decade.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.