FDA's Criteria for Scheduling

The FDA assesses whether the drug has a currently accepted medical use

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) utilizes a set of specific criteria to evaluate substances for drug scheduling. These criteria are based on scientific and medical evidence and include factors such as the drug's potential for abuse, its pharmacological profile, current scientific knowledge, and its risk to public health. Additionally, the FDA assesses whether the drug has a currently accepted medical use in the United States and whether there is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.

For a substance like cannabis, this evaluation process is critical. The FDA examines all available data, including research studies, clinical trial results, and expert opinions. This comprehensive assessment ensures that any scheduling decision is grounded in science and reflects the latest understanding of the drug's effects and potential medical benefits.

The criteria used by the FDA for drug scheduling are detailed and rigorous, designed to ensure that scheduling decisions align with the goals of protecting public health and enabling access to effective medical treatments. More information about the FDA's criteria for drug scheduling can be found in their official resources, available at FDA.gov.

FDA's Criteria for Scheduling
S3 Collective December 13, 2023
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