Lansing adds PTSD to medical marijuana qualifying conditions
Plus Sanjay Gupta 'not backing down on medical marijuana.'
Published: March 11, 2014
Gupta revisited the young epileptic girl who got relief from seizures featured in Weed; he also looked at the cases of a man who uses cannabis for pain relief and a woman who treats her multiple sclerosis with it. Gupta covered a lot of ground that’s old hat to medical marijuana activists, but being the public figure and opinion influencer that he is, this is good stuff. He poses the question many of you have asked in writing: “How can the government deny the benefits of medical marijuana even as it holds a patent for those very same benefits?” That would be patent no. 6630507, granted in 2001 to the U.S. Health and Human Services titled “Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants.”
Yet just a couple of weeks ago National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins said, “We don’t know a lot about the things we wish we did,” regarding medical marijuana — although the NIH website contains thousands of papers on the subject. Some that contradict public statements Collins has made regarding marijuana.
But, to me, Gupta’s most compelling pronouncement was: “… [M]any doctors and scientists, worried about being ostracized for even discussing the potential of marijuana, called me confidentially to share their own stories of the drug and the benefit it has provided to their patients. I will honor my promise not to name them, but I hope this next documentary will enable a more open discussion and advance science in the process.”
Is there a silent force out there in the medical and scientific world supporting medical marijuana? I’ve heard from several patients who say that doctors observe the results of their self-treatment with cannabis and encourage them to “keep doing what you’re doing.” But when it comes to journalists like me, they don’t really want to talk. Health care institutions don’t like the controversy such attention can bring. That’s one of the next bridges to cross, getting doctors to openly talk about what they’re finding out about medical marijuana treatments. The truth is much stranger than reefer madness fictions.
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