Here at the National Pain Report, we attempt to share with you the latest information on chronic pain, to help sufferers and their families stay informed.
We are a news site, and seem to be attracting a pretty good and a growing audience. So it probably isn’t in our best interest to encourage you to go somewhere else for news.
But we are going to do that just this one time.
If you haven’t seen it, you should watch the CNN documentary called “Weed”. It aired on Sunday night on CNN — and knowing CNN it will run a few dozen more times in the coming weeks.
Here’s the Huffington Post story on it.
We are suggesting you watch it because we know that chronic pain sufferers are interested in the medicinal effects of marijuana. We know the interest in marijuana is real because our own stories on the topic always generate a lot of interest and some comment. Here is a recent column by Carol Levy about her changing views on the topic.
CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, has essentially been “coming out” on marijuana, admitting in numerous public appearances and op-eds in advance of the documentary that he’s changed his mind on the topic of the medical use of marijuana.
The documentary features researchers in Israel who have been exploring the medicinal benefits of marijuana for many years and reviews the lack of meaningful research being conducted on the matter in the United States. The documentary also has a number of video anecdotes on how people using marijuana are coping better with their chronic pain, among other maladies, even suggesting that very early research indicates marijuana may even help treat cancer.
Gupta was critical of the medicinal uses of marijuana as recently as 2009.
“I have apologized for some of the earlier reporting because I think, you know, we’ve been terribly and systematically misled in this country for some time,” Gupta told Piers Morgan on CNN. “And I did part of that misleading.”
Here’s the entire USA Today story on Gupta.
But what we are seeing and feeling on the marijuana debate is a rapid change in public opinion.
Like another social issue–gay marriage–public opinion about the legalization of marijuana seems to be moving very fast from being very much against to approval.
In April, the Pew Research Foundation released a poll that said 52% of Americans believe marijuana should be legalized and then regulated and taxed like alcohol.
At the National Pain Report, we are agnostic over whether it should be legalized, but we do believe — like many of our loyal readers — that serious medical research into the use of marijuana to treat chronic pain is long overdue.
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