What caused Sanjay Gupta to change his opinion on marijuana?

What does it mean for cannabis to be a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance?

Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon and a media personality, has changed his mind on medical marijuana over the past few years. Cannabis has been the subject of many a lengthy discussions about it’s medicinal benefits. Even though states have decriminalize marijuana is still a federally scheduled 1 substance which is banned and enforceable by the Drug Enforcement Agency, DEA. Since cannabis remains a Schedule 1 drug, it is viewed as having no medicinal benefits and even acquiring weed for research in the US is tough. The federal government has seemed like it has stemmed the persecution of cannabis dispensaries and other businesses in the marijuana industry since Obama.

How many medical marijuana states are there as of 2017?

Marijuana for medical use is legal in over half of the states in the USA as of 2017. There are currently 29 states that have allowed medical marijuana in some capacity. Cannabis is still illegal for the states that have not voted to make it legal and also on a federal level so do not bring your marijuana across state lines or to an airport. Many people are migrating to states that have legal weed in order to partake in either medical and / or recreational marijuana. The medicinal benefits of cannabis have proven effective for treating many different medical conditions, ailments, and symptoms. There is a multitude of uses for weed or hemp.

Many news media outlets are automatically biased on a political level it seems like. We can’t help but feel that this bias also spilles over onto how they feel about medical marijuana. Sanjay Gupta, one of the most famous medical reporters of all time has opened up about his opinion on marijuana. His view on cannabis has caused some controversy in the medical community as he was initially against weed.

How did Sanjay Gupta initially view marijuana as a medicine?

CNN Medical Correspondent, Sanjay Gupta, has recently spoken out about marijuana. In 2009, he aggressively spoke out against cannabis by stating that individuals should steer clear of it. With recent scientific data provided by many reputable institutions showing that there in fact are medicinal benefits of cannabis, his opinion flip flopped. He also had some personal encounters with a few patients using medical marijuana that have changed his mind which included a patients suffering from seizures, Epilepsy, and Alzheimer’s to name a few.

Why did Sanjay Gupta change his mind on medical marijuana?

Through the use of medical cannabis, many patients have been able to significantly improve the quality of their lives and helped them overcome their symptoms. Sanjay Gupta reported some of his findings as a CNN medical correspondence about some of the patients that he met that were benefiting from medicinal cannabis. He talked about one women’s seizure disorder that included over 300 seizures a week since she was born. The quality of her life has drastically improved with the use of medical marijuana. He also met a patient with advanced acute conditions like Alzheimer’s and he witnessed first hand the kind of medicinal benefits that cannabis can have on patients.

A study showing how cannabis can help with seizures…

 

After more research studies support the fact that marijuana can be useful for treating medical conditions including a study showing how CBD found in cannabis was shown to mitigate seizures done by the New York University Langone Medical Center. Sanjay Gupta has also had many personal encounters with patients that have effectively used weed to treat their conditions. It is due to these reasons that Sanjay now openly supports the use of medical marijuana.

What was the first medical use of cannabis?

Cannabis does have many medicinal benefits and people have been using it for years. The first medical use of cannabis was as an anesthetic by a Chinese surgeon, Hua Tuo, in 200 AD. For those suffering from acute and chronic medical conditions, marijuana can be a great option for some and it has been shown that weed can help. Whether you do your own research on cannabis or take advice from Sanjay Gupta, marijuana has a legitimate place in the medical world. Weed can be a good medicine and remedy.

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