WILL THIS help to dispel myths and misunderstanding people have about pot? Or will people continue to plug their ears and yell “la la la la!”?

“We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that.” ~ Dr. Gupta

Dr. Sanjay Gupta — a highly respected American neurosurgeon, medical correspondent, former advisor to Hillary Clinton, and former candidate for Surgeon General — has flipped his viewpoints about medical marijuana after actually digging into the subject and doing some research. In the above news clip he highlights the hypocrisy that exists in America’s view on the illicit substance and how the people are being misled. Notably that:

  • a disproportionate number of medical studies (more than 90% of around 20,000 articles) are designed to look at the harms of marijuana, rather than the benefits.
  • marijuana is classified as a Subject 1 substance (one of the most dangerous; of high abuse; has no medical applications) whereas cocaine is classified as Subject 2.
  • as a Subject 1 classification, it is deemed to have no medical applications, yet the US has a patent on marijuana as an antioxidant and neuroprotectant in the brain.
  • people die in the US every 19 minutes from an overdose of prescription pills being used to treat something that medicinal marijuana could treat. No reported deaths from an overdose of marijuana could be found.
  • marijuana is less addictive than alcohol.
  • the withdrawl symptoms of marijuana are relatively mild, whereas alcohol withdrawl can be life-threatening.
  • he doesn’t know of any documented cases of anyone dying from a marijuana overdose, but it happens often with alcohol.

Dr. Sanjay’s documentary, titled Weed, is set to air on Sunday.