If you have a chronic medical condition or are simply interested in all things medical, I recommend that you take an hour out of your day to watch the CNN documentary on the effectiveness of medical marijuana. It is sure to transform your perspective on your personal health, medications, and the controversy behind this unique method of treatment. The 45-minute documentary titled WEED 2: Cannabis Madness can be found on Youtube, but was originally shown on CNN as a sequel to Dr. Sanjay Gupta's first report on his change of opinion regarding medicinal cannabis. Dr. Gupta, world-renowned neurosurgeon and CNN's chief medical correspondent, began reporting the safety and effectiveness of medical marijuana after experiencing a scientific epiphany that shifted his views about the miracle drug that is cannabis.
Dr. Gupta made headlines when he apologized for earlier reports opposed to medical marijuana : "I apologize because I didn't look hard enough, until now. I mistakenly believed the Drug Enforcement Agency listed marijuana [...] in the category of the most dangerous drugs that have ‘no accepted medicinal use and a high potential for abuse.’ They didn't have the science to support that claim, and I now know that when it comes to marijuana neither of those things are true. It doesn't have a high potential for abuse, and there are very legitimate medical applications. In fact, sometimes marijuana is the only thing that works." (CNN, 2013)
Dr. Sanjay Gupta's second medical-marijuana special is an intriguing sequel as it follows the lives of several families known as "medical marijuana refugees", showing how children are now in the forefront of the medical marijuana movement. One of the families featured in the documentary, New Jersey's Wilson family, was followed closely on their quest for CBD-rich cannabis oil that was only available in Colorado at the time. The Wilson family is among the first "marijuana refugees" - families who leave everything behind and move to Colorado in hopes of treating their ill children with medicinal cannabis.
The documentary also features the Stanley brothers, scientists who created a famous strain of medical marijuana that has helped so many ill individuals manage their symptoms. The Stanleys are the chief providers of the unique medicinal cannabis oil called "Charlotte's Web", which they named after a young girl who was one of the first to successfully undergo their marijuana treatment for epilepsy.
The biggest concern that most people have regarding medical marijuana is linked to the belief that it always causes patients to experience a high. However, this is not the case with the medicinal cannabis produced by the Stanley brothers. In Weed 2, the Stanley brothers explain how in the cannabis oil they produce, the tetrahydrocannabinol levels (THC), which is the psychoactive compound causing users to feel high, are very low. However, the cannabidiol levels (CBD), which contains anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving and anti-epileptic properties, are very high. For this reason, any controversy regarding CBD-rich medical marijuana should be discarded, as the benefits of cannabis have proven to help so many different medical conditions without causing the additional harmful side effects of other traditional, pharmaceutical drugs.
After getting a glimpse into the lives of several families praying to finally provide their children with this strain of medicinal cannabis, and seeing the expression on the patients’ faces when their severe symptoms are relieved, one wonders why it took so long to reach this point, and why different countries, provinces, and states are still reluctant to legalize medical marijuana and include it in treatments.
Dr. Gupta clarifies all the biggest concerns and debunks several myths regarding marijuana, making Weed 2 a great resource for those suffering from various health problems. It is also useful for their friends and family members, who are now given the opportunity to better understand the wonders that this controversial method of treatment can do. Although many chronically ill people do not have the opportunity to move to Colorado for the "Charlotte's Web" treatment, thanks to Dr. Gupta's work, medical marijuana legislation is evolving around the world and a new hope for a pain-free future is emerging.