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August 8th, 2013
09:50 PM ET

Dr. Sanjay Gupta changes his mind on weed

Dr. Sanjay Gupta is explaining his new outlook on marijuana. In 2009 he wrote an article for Time Magazine "Why I would Vote No on Pot." But after spending the last year working on the documentary Weed for CNN he is apologizing.  Dr. Gupta explained to Wolf why he is now changing his mind.

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  1. kristin

    I am crying after watching these recent Dr Gupta special. My son also suffers from epilepsy, until 3 weeks ago we were very well controlled and had had not had a seizure since 2010. Jake takes medications 3 times a day to prevent seizures. Now in the last 3 weeks we have had 6 grand mal seizures. I am ready to drive to Colorado to find Charolettes web. I was uneducated on the different types of marijuana concentrations, and forms of administration. Thank you for opening my eyes to this other option.

    August 19, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
  2. Ana ClaudiaSantana Frink

    I am a diplomatic international of the institution international of the Geneve Swiss and i allwais agree with the legalization of CANABIS SATIVA how natural medicine and alopatics pills,too...

    August 13, 2013 at 9:36 pm |
  3. Thomas

    I saw the programme in CNN AC360. I have a lack of knowledge and expertise in the different type of Marijuana, but the new information that Dr. Gupta has shared in this programme on how a certain type of Marijuana provided support to parents who have kids with seizures such as Charlotte Figi was incredible to see and heart warming.

    I guess as parents, we would do anything to ensure that our kids have a future. Hope that we are able to do more research and ensure that many people understand that there might be a small number of types of marijuana which might be right to address medical issues like this. Well done to Dr Gupta as well to be the bigger man and say sorry.

    I can see that was hard to eat humble pie.

    August 13, 2013 at 8:55 pm |
  4. Coral

    How many of those 50,000 had smoked it? Early teens shouldn't drink, and they shouldn't smoke anything.

    Marijuana is far less harmful than alcohol – it works, and one can't overdose on it as one can on prescription pain medicine.

    As far as the Swedish soldiers are concerned, I would say that being a soldier would be far more likely to produce schizophrenic reactions in a person than smoking a joint would do.

    August 13, 2013 at 7:45 pm |
  5. rob

    No Deaths, but Psychosis. Marijuana exacerbates psychotic symptoms and worsens outcomes in patients already diagnosed with schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders. Several large observational studies also strongly suggest that using marijuana — particularly in the early teenage years — can increase risk of developing psychosis.

    An often-cited study of more than 50,000 young Swedish soldiers, for example, found that those who had smoked marijuana at least once were more than twice as likely to develop schizophrenia as those who had not smoked marijuana. The heaviest users (who said they had used the drug more than 50 times) were six times as likely to develop schizophrenia as the nonsmokers.

    August 11, 2013 at 11:52 pm |

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