Sanjay Gupta: The Doctor Is All In On Cannabis
For many people around the world, the media and available resources can make it hard to see things on an even level. Sanjay Gupta is a prime example of how intelligent and reasonable persons can be groomed to believe in a “popular” opinion.
Fortunately, Sanjay Gupta is one of many who has been able to exercise due diligence to unravel the perplexing statistics. He has gone as far as bringing to life a documentary series covering marijuana and its many revolving parts. He has also played his part in urging politicians to pass more regulations towards legalizing marijuana to allow access to all current and potential patients.
Who is Dr. Sanjay Gupta?
Dr. Sanjay Gupta is a practicing neurosurgeon and a multiple Emmy award-winning medical correspondent for CNN. His work in the media has contributed important international health and medical news which is distinguished by his practical medical expertise and experience with public health policy.
This has made him an expert when reporting on a wide range of topics such as medicine, military, fitness, health reform, natural disasters, widespread outbreaks and more. However, he has most interestingly been heavily involved on both sides of the controversial topics of marijuana.
Sanjay Gupta’s Early Opposition to Cannabis
Sanjay Gupta’s early opposition to marijuana reached its peak in 2009 when he published an article to TIME magazine, titled “Why I would Vote No on Pot”. He has admitted that this was due his lack of due diligence.
Stating in his own words that he failed to look hard or far enough into the available research regarding marijuana at the time, overlooking papers published by small international labs and dismissing the very vocal patient proponents of marijuana.
Dr. Gupta has even stated that he believed supporters exaggerated the positive effects of marijuana as an excuse to get high and believed in the Drugs Enforcement Agency’s schedule 1 substance ruling on marijuana in which he failed to dig deeper into.
Sanjay Gupta’s Position On Cannabis Now
In current times, Dr. Gupta is an outspoken and hardworking advocate of marijuana. He has made numerous efforts over the span of several years following his realization. He has displayed a deep desire to help reverse the systematic misleading by the government and media that the public has undergone over the span of several decades.
Sanjay Gupta CNN Weed Documentary Series
This 4-part documentary series titled WEED is the culmination of Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s 5-year exploits on the details of medical marijuana. Each segment follows patients, researchers, and efforts being made by others with the same goal in mind.
WEED: A CNN Special Report
The special report that aired in 2013 following Sanjay Gupta’s reversal of his stance on marijuana displayed the side of marijuana that many viewers had most likely not seen or heard of previously. The segment covered a few people who used marijuana in different circumstances in which neither of them was negatively affected.
The documentary followed a 5-year old child who suffered from a severe type of epilepsy that was tremendously reduced through the use of marijuana extract. An artist who sought out marijuana in order to boost their occupational performance and creativity. A person who could be described as a stoner that could drive excellently while high.
Even an octogenarian (a person who is 80-89 years old) who consumes marijuana with the help of monetary governmental assistance in order to deal with tremors and depression.
However, Sanjay Gupta was not ignorant of the negatives that affect minors and a small percentage of cannabis users. Minors who start using marijuana before 16 years old open themselves up to the possibility of negatively affecting their cognitive abilities in adulthood.
Sanjay also mentions that 1 in 11 marijuana users develop a dependency which affects mood and energy.
WEED 2: Cannabis Madness
In the second installment of Dr. Gupta’s series, he dives deeper into the role that marijuana has been playing in the lives of parents and children who suffer from seizure-inducing illnesses. The “madness” that he covers is the clash that the United States politics and government system has been in with the proponents of marijuana.
While other countries have made research easier to conduct and have been rapidly progressing towards the integration of marijuana, the United States has shown very slow progress. Possessing a structural system that makes research very difficult and a national disagreement between states.
These things cause parents to uproot their entire lives in order to save their children or give their children dangerously strong prescription anti-seizure medicines.
This segment also covers the current discrepancies that are currently in the legal cannabis market. For example, it is very hard to keep track of what every consumer is purchasing when it comes to pesticide use and content consistency. This has caused pharmaceutical companies to start converting cannabis into prescription medications. This is done through very strict guidelines and aggressively experimenting with the many cannabinoids within marijuana.
One of the first being, Sativex which is used to relieve neuropathic pain, overactive bladder, spasticity, and other symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
WEED 3: The Marijuana Revolution
The third segment of the series covers how marijuana can help those with PTSD and the revolution taking place in the government by way of the FDA wanting marijuana to be studied in all ways as quickly as possible. It also displays the tremendous growth of research-grade marijuana operations due to the demand caused by an increasing amount of studies being conducted.
The amount of research being conducted and the speed it progresses it is important for those who can’t afford to obtain marijuana through their own financial incomes. This is because many insurance companies will not offer payouts for marijuana until more research is done to prove its benefit.
The segment ends on a positive note of more studies being approved, funding is provided, the proposal of rescheduling marijuana to a schedule II drug and a possible minimum requirement for farmers to produce research-purpose marijuana.
WEED 4: Pot vs. Pills
The latest addition to the series covers the relationship between the current opioid crisis and marijuana. It also details the major advantages that athletes have experienced after switching over from opioids to marijuana. It also highlights the fact that professional football players are at a high risk to abuse opioids.
There is also a change happening in the way doctors prescribe medications, from being trained to prescribe opioids for pain to find out for themselves that marijuana could benefit their patients much more. Dr. Gupta also goes over the current opposition that marijuana is against in the form of current Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
There is budding research which suggests that marijuana can help curb opioid addiction and reduce the death rate. The segment ends on the note that marijuana needs to be given a chance sooner than later to prevent thousands of more opioid deaths from racking up.
Gupta’s Recent Marijuana Advocacy
Dr. Gupta published an open message to Attorney General Jeff Sessions through CNN’s online website after being unable to arrange a meeting and being declined several times by his office.
In the letter, Dr. Gupta laid out the findings of his 5-year investigation into medical marijuana in order to provide an easy way for Jeff Sessions analyze his findings.
Message To Attorney General Jeff Sessions
Through his findings, Dr. Gupta has determined that cannabis works for a multitude of conditions and is sometimes the only thing that works for patients. The message shared grim details of the country’s current death rate due to opioid overdose, an astounding 115 Americans each day. It is also shared that there is a correlation between marijuana use and being able to successfully quit opioids permanently without dangerous withdrawals symptoms.
Dr. Gupta also states that cannabis is a much healthier option in comparison to opioids and in some cases solved patient’s year-long problems after the first dose, saving them from consuming tens of thousands more pills each year.
The open message ended with strong recommendations for Jeff Sessions to talk to the diligent researchers and patients first-hand to see that marijuana can potentially save an estimated 10,000+ lives per year.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta is a prime example of how people in our current day and age are systematically misled towards unjust opinions. However, Dr. Gupta is also an example of someone who has opposed marijuana can change their mind and become a vocal supporter. His 5-year long efforts have birthed a 4-episode series detailing the patients and researchers who are most involved in the current marijuana revolution.
All of Dr. Gupta’s efforts to date have culminated into an effort to bring Attorney General Jeff Sessions to change his opinion on marijuana. There is still a long way to go in order to downgrade the drug scheduling of marijuana and legalize it across the nation, but the increasing number of proponents including Dr. Gupta is far from done.