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CNN's Sanjay Gupta Documentary: Weed 2 Cannabis Madness


http://youtu.be/a2SpiaHJ41g
(Video thanks to MMJ Ministry and Mox News)

(CNN) -- It's been eight months since I last wrote about medical marijuana, apologizing for having not dug deeply into the beneficial effects of this plant and for writing articles dismissing its potential. I apologized for my own role in previously misleading people, and I feel very badly that people have suffered for too long, unable to obtain the legitimate medicine that may have helped them.

I have been reminded that a true and productive scientific journey involves a willingness to let go of established notions and get at the truth, even if it is uncomfortable and even it means having to say "sorry."

It is not easy to apologize and take your lumps, but this was never about me.

This scientific journey is about a growing number of patients who want the cannabis plant as a genuine medicine, not to get high.

It is about emerging science that not only shows and proves what marijuana can do for the body but provides better insights into the mechanisms of marijuana in the brain, helping us better understand a plant whose benefits have been documented for thousands of years. This journey is also about a Draconian system where politics override science and patients are caught in the middle.

Since our documentary "Weed" aired in August, I have continued to travel the world, investigating and asking tough questions about marijuana.

I have met with hundreds of patients, dozens of scientists and the curious majority who simply want a deeper understanding of this ancient plant. I have sat in labs and personally analyzed the molecules in marijuana that have such potential but are also a source of intense controversy. I have seen those molecules turned into medicine that has quelled epilepsy in a child and pain in a grown adult. I've seen it help a woman at the peak of her life to overcome the ravages of multiple sclerosis.

I am more convinced than ever that it is irresponsible to not provide the best care we can, care that often may involve marijuana.

I am not backing down on medical marijuana; I am doubling down.

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http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/05/health/gupta-medical-marijuana...

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DUIs?

You obviously don't know much about cannabis culture. The DUIs would have been happening already, if the people were not capable of passing sobriety tests! Although I do not encourage it, it is much different than driving while under the influence of alcohol. Watch some of the videos on the Internet, done to test driving abilities of people, tested under controlled conditions, while they were stoned! It is not going to be the big thing you seem to think it will be. Smart people don't smoke it in the car. They stay at home!

Michael Nystrom's picture

Bump for tomorrow

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To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.
Jefferson's picture

Thanks

for the sticky Michael.

Whether this was a waiting game or not

Doesn't really bug me. Many people were against marijuana in public but behind closed doors, could really care less. When you have a license or career on the line people tend to do or say whatever it is that keeps the checks rolling in. Selling out indeed but many people do it in one way or another and some on a daily basis.

I hate CNN but those who actually watch that terrible channel MIGHT wake up to the realization that it is nothing more than a plant. It isn't a drug but rather a BENEFIT. It has helped me personally and I have seen how it has changed many lives for the better.

Are there some who smoke all day, every day from wake and bake til the indica crash? Yes but that is their right to do with their bodies as they choose.

Marijuana has been here long before western medicine and will be here once it is gone. Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.

http://shelfsufficient.com - My site on getting my little family prepped for whatever might come our way.

http://growing-elite-marijuana.com - My site on growing marijuana

Oh shut up high priest of Babalogna

Yeah I remember Sanjay, for years a pompous opponent as activists went to jail. And now that you are sorry for YOUR contribution to THE DRUG WAR WHICH IS A WAR ON AMERICAN CITIZENS.....

oh all the sudden it's about "we" and "us" opening our minds to science and real medicine and this "helps us" move down this merry lane that you have suddenly declared to be open and you to be an implied leader of?

How about shut up because if a few THOUSAND YEARS of medicinal applications of canibus you obviously know nothing and how about SCREW YOU for being the water boy you are and will remain.

Screw you, screw CNN, screw MSNBC, screw Foxnews, screw Glen Beck and screw you again. Water boy.

There is nothing strange about having a bar of soap in your right pocket, it's just what's happening.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Thanks Jefferson, nice to see you back around these parts

Did you hear me thinking about you?

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.
Jefferson's picture

Thanks

man, and I did "hear" you. Partly my own conscience and curiosity, but partly the NPV (Nystrom Psychic Vibe..;)
Thanks for cleaning up my post. Hope you and Sam are warm and well.

double

post

cool

can't wait

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“In the beginning of a change

“In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.”

― Mark Twain

It costs Gupta nothing to be pro medical marijuana.

Also, if doctors were geniuses, there wouldn't be millions of them.

Really?!

Should there be only one doctor caring for 300 million people?! Doctors are the elite in the educated in any country they come from. They can never know everything there is to know about medicine. Maybe it is those that think they are gods, that have given you your attitude. Thing is, there are, likely, many US doctors driven out of medicine by the politics, within the system. They don't like cutting edge medicine or anyone who does things differently than they do, in small towns. I know! They did it to me. I had eight years more education than the one year intern trained family doctors that drove me out. They even had the gall to tell me "You cat like you are smarter than us!" Thing is, I would have to be pretty dumb not to learn more in the eight, additional, years of education, I experienced. I was not smart enough to play the politics. I happened to care about what happened to my patients. Had a mentor point that out to me during residency.

Doctors are highly educated people in regards to medicine.

Dr. Gupta is a doctor but he is still a person, prone to mistakes and prone to rationalizing away obvious truths because it does not suit his personal agenda.

If a doctor will not acknowledge that marijuana has obvious medicinal benefits, they are either incompetent or a dishonest sellout that would put going along with the accepted stance, over helping people in pain. Many doctors became doctors not because their first priority was to help people, but because they thought it would be a great way to make good money. My brother is a doctor and I get the impression he likes imported leather shoes more than helping people, not that he doesn't get some joy from it.

There are also a lot of great doctors out there that put up with a bunch of crap like you mentioned. In our society doctors are sometimes put on too much of a pedistal in the smarts department, with regard to non-medical intelligence. Genius does not lie in memorizing information, but in a person's creativity.

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”
― Albert Einstein

Not just medicine.

I was in a program that had mostly foreign medical grads. They were real butt kissers. I was not. I felt time studying the books was more important than holding surgical retractors. Not saying observation was a good thing. Just not as a Chief resident! It proved to be a hard road through residency. I did complete it, on time! Passed my surgical boards first time through, too! I was told in residency that I cared "too much" about the patients, and that got me in trouble, sometimes! Same thing out in real life, too, I guess! I was "too educated"! LOL! I could have been board certified in Emergency Medicine, but did not realize it until it was too late to be grandfathered in. I also became board certified in pain management and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pain Management. I, also, completed two years of graduate school in Zoology, prior to my medical training.

I think many doctors also have much more than medical training. I, myself have many hobbies, learned through life. They include mechanical abilities, sports abilities, and artistic accomplishments. I played with a band in medical school with other physicians. I am able to work on about any engine. I can rebuild them. I put a turbocharger on my dune buggy. I restored several old vehicles. Learned body work from my dad and helped pay for my schooling. Some of us are more than just the sum of our medical training! I was brought up in a fishing/hunting family. I have hunted with a bow since I was 14 years old and am a very good archer. Was successful in archery competition, as well. Firearm use is second nature to me. I like the long shots, like a sniper takes. I play drums and guitar well. I play the banjo, some, not as good as my dad. He let me take his old mandolin that I am learning to play.

My office was supplied with computers that I had built, networked without IT guys. I filed my ow Medicare insurance forms. (It was a small town practice)

I also knew a foreign doctor who was from Lebanon. He spoke five languages! Some of his friends only spoke four!? He was of Armenian descent and had no desire to go back to the Middle East. His people were slaughtered in the past. He was Catholic, so he had no real desire to go back. It would be like he had a big target painted on his back!

There is too much "I did" in what I just wrote. But, I just wanted you to know how much more there is in my life than getting rich. Fact is, medicine did not make me rich! Medical doctors are just so much more than people know. There are so many other areas in their lives that they also thrive.

I can respect that you are

I can respect that you are diverse and accomplished in many ways. I guess what I should say is that people should look at the individual, and not just degrees in medicine as equating to an all knowing person. I have heard people give a little too much weight to opinions.

We all have our own unique skill sets obviously. I think I mentioned my brother is a chiropractor, and he can't change brake pads on a car. I can change those brake pads, but I don't know how to properly "crack" me some spine.

I forget what my original point was because it has been a little while. Doctors do get fleeced by the system, as we all do. I am currently being extorted by an agency for large filing fees to keep my wife from being deported. It is a fallacy that hard work alone equals financial success. As far as I can observe, vast wealth come from wealth transference. Using your money to make money. There is a reason that "they" say the first million is the hardest, because after that you can use your money to leverage out others.

The leverage can be used in many ways, including bribing officials to corner markets, and hiring goons to use force.

I also find it silly that you were accused of being too nice to patients, as that just goes to show how our culture is. Maybe one could say it is true of all cultures, at all times, and that claiming anything different is just romantacism of history. I notice a lot of people refer to the founding fathers like they were perfect movie characters or something, when they were just people too.

Thats right, Gupta.

Let CNN use you as a catalyst to launch another distraction campaign.

They're still dodging the elephant in the room: Industrial Hemp.

Transportation, heating for homes, clothes that last 3-5 times longer than Polyster/Cotton, etc etc etc etc.
Uses less land and water than Cotton.
No pesticides needed.
Processing takes longer than cotton, but leaves less of a carbon footprint when you take less water consumption into effect.
No more cutting down forests for paper.

Get out of foreign everything, especially oil.

If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.

put transportation in BOLD

put transportation in BOLD

ethanol is our savior from the oil warlords

Ethanol?!

It takes a lot of energy, in the form of natural gas, to process fermented plants into energy! It has a huge carbon footprint. If it were not more efficient, don't you think it already would have been more prominent in energy production in the country? There are rumors that the local ethanol plant is going to shut down!? Solar and wind have not proven to be the savior that has been preached to us by the warm earth-ers.

It seems like your emotions or ignorance is coming into play

Yes, making ethanol from corn or other plants is inefficient. However, we are not talking about other plants we are talking about hemp; and while the market (mind you what market it's still outlawed) is still looking for better technologies to produce ethanol, the biodiesel hemp market already is there-

http://www.hemp.com/hemp-education/uses-of-hemp/hemp-fuel/

In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.

Emotions? Ignorant?

What do you consider me ignorant of? It is a scientific fact that producing ethanol out of plant material is not energy efficient. You just said so, yourself! It would be better to use the pulp of the hemp plant directly for fuel in ovens and such. But, I guess that would make carbon dioxide. Would it still not be a smaller carbon footprint? In the end is it not better to just use the petroleum products? When we need to tap the organic fuel, we should have a more efficient way of converting the energy to a useful form. Or, maybe by the time the petroleum runs out, we would have a more energy efficient system for producing power of all sorts, with better storage units (batteries). In the end, one would still have the hemp oil for making the biodiesel! I like the idea of making bio-diesel from hemp! The big question, right now, is its cost. How much does it cost to make it in bulk?

Is the bio-diesel more expensive? I don't know how much they charge for it.

In addition to the fuel, one would have the fiber to use from the hemp stalk.

Thanks for the link!

how to

http://www.hemp.com/hemp-education/uses-of-hemp/hemp-fuel/ma...

In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.

I wonder

I've been a hemp activist since 93 and observed, as hemp was legalized to purchase products (not grow or manufactor) that hemp was not all ways all I hoped it would be.

As a chef, it's challenging to get beyond the "grass". I did find it's comfort zone in taste..my hempen falafel are the best.

Yet, it is hemp fiber.. modern technology for industrial/commercial mills for fabrics.. it's amazing what they can do with hemp, and I think where the real future is, replacing cotton.. and paper (fiber again). Long tall stalks of hemp, not much seed or leaf.

Hemp for fuel, my understanding is not so much grown for the stalks, as you need for fiber, but the seed.. I saw pictures of some old hemp for fuel plants that the seed was like currants.. big drooping clusters, and the plant was not that tall.. and it needed as much water as corn.

Thing is, the mills for whatever, refinery has to be built first. Farmers will grow whatever, they just need a place to deliver the crop.. they want to know where the crop is going before they even look at a seed.

I would if I could!

Transportation

;)

If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.

Transportation

I always wondered, living in a town with a Marathon Oil refinery, why our fuel was costing more than it did in the county an hour away, along the interstate highway! It was, most of the time, at or above the national average, with hardly any transportation costs!

I don't normally watch CNN

But I may watch this.

Hopefully, having this on MSM, will generate much needed support for the decriminalization of medical marijuana, nationwide.

I wonder if this will change any attitudes toward CNN?

"A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself within" W. Durant

Wait until he tries it...

Wait until he tries it...

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He's tried it by now

Imo, Gupta knew the "non-dangers" of Cannabis a long time ago.

Not trying to poo-poo your hilarious comment, p-Lib, but Gupta still works for CNN. Remember that, Sir.

If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.

Jefferson's picture

I'd

be surprised if he didn't when he was younger.

We'll see if this "Weed 2" installment is any better than the 1st one which was more biased (imo) Maybe he'll do a big bong rip and title the next one "Whoa 3" ;) I can see a new strain being developed for the show
AFGUPTA KUSHBERRY CRUSH

Seriously though...

This whole thing with the recent CNN specials etc. is just the MSM trying to get out ahead of the underground revolution that Rick Simpson started in 2003. Thousands of people around the world have cured themselves of various diseases. I've seen it 1st hand.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rick-Simpson/298774923502987

Jefferson, where could one

buy some AfGupta KushBerry Crush?

Sativa, Indica dominant? Hybrid?

;)

If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.

Jefferson's picture

Sounds

kinda tasty huh?

I'd envision it to be a heavily Indica dominant that "crushes" a person into the couch cushions...lol

Man, how do you get the job of naming strains, or even describing them? I could take a paycheck for that. Hope all is well.

http://www.leafly.com/explore

strain names

When you develop a new strain, you get to name it