Medical Marijuana Gets a Boost from CNN

Medical Marijuana Gets a Boost from CNN

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.

bigstock-The-words-medical-marijuana-su-17121803If 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.

What do you think? You can let us know by commenting below.

Authored by: Ed Coghlan

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I watched the documentary ‘Weed’ on CNN and found it well executed and conceptualized. If you ask me the documentary has clearly pointed out how medical marijuana is helpful in treating diseases. As mentioned in the article, research carried out in places like Israel is further providing impetus to marijuana for the hope it may even help cure cancer. So what do you have to say all weed haters? Now even CNN advocates medical benefits of cannabis.

Wendy

I don’t have my “green card” as they call it in my state! But I found the Gupta report to be very informative. I think that it is time for some quality studies so risk/benefit can be assessed as it is in most treatment. A lot is known from Israel, apparently! So far, it seems that there is not much harm from evidence over the years. All that has been complicated by prohibition. Past time for that to end.

I am Bipolar and also have cronic pain. I used on occasion marijuana when I was younger it always made me feel relaxed and is really good if you have problems sleeping. I would love to see how it would help me with my pain and I already know helps with the Bipolar but it is not legal where I live now, NC. Also I dont want to lose my job. They are now making it a big deal on taking painkillers because alot of people are addicted to them. Yes there is always people who become addicted to any drug, look at alcohol, it is a drug but is legal and there are alot of alcoholic. If I had the choice and marijuana worked I would rather use that than to take pain killers. The only painkiller I dont have bad effects and dont make me feel funny or sick is vicodin or the generic version. Not everyone likes the effects of pain killers, I certainly dont. I read something about they have some marijuana products that dont give you the high feeling and that sounds great to me.

Terri

I have chronic, ok constant headache from a brain aneurysm. I am so sick of the side effects of the “man made” drugs. Which means I have to take more pills. A little bit of marijuana releaves the constant nagging headache. It’s that easy.

Patricia Ducharme

Like Kathy who responded here, I also suffer from agonizing pain from Fibromyalgia and osteo/rheumatoid arthritis and it’s a daily -24/7- reality. Through all the synthetic, allopathic pain medications that are addictive, inadequate, harmful, or expensive – the single treatment to ELIMINATE my pain has been cannabis. This is a miracle treatment for pain – and the research in the documentary “WEED” is exciting in its exploration into the use of cannabis to CURE!!! To possibly cure a person of a disease – how exciting!!

kathy

Thank you, Dr. Gupta for coming out of the cannabis closet! I suffer with fibro and RA…I hate feeling like a criminal because this plant helps relieve the pain in my body.
I think that the plant has many medical applications, and that the drug companies would be put out of business if marijuana oils proved to be effective in relieving pain, but that’s a whole other investigation.

AmericanCitizen

It shows a lot of courage for Dr Gupta to admit that he was wrong about Medical Marijuana.

there is NO EXCUSE for the federal govt to not revisit their policy on the substance. People’s well-being are concerned here. Should we cater to the mistaken, obsolete mentality that marijuana is evil while people (like Charlotte in the documentary) suffer without it’s medicinal benefits being readily available and without fear of Federal prosecution?? Enough is enough, re-classify Marijuana in the Federal level so that States can make their own decisions and not be subject to unjust federal oversight.

I think a lot of people who are chronic pain sufferer’s would try almost anything to relieve the debilitating pain. Everyone has their own idea’s on such things as Marijuana but wouldn’t like to try it unless it is legalised. If it does help & it sounds like some Dr’s are now believing this to be the case, then you should be able to decide for yourself if you want to try it & not have the Government dictate to you.

Ryan

Honestly? What substances people do or don’t put into their own bodies should be up to the individual, not the government. This goes for ALL substances, not just marijuana.