August 13th, 2013
11:03 PM ET

Patients helped by Medical Marijuana

Dr. Sanjay Gupta is making headlines with his new documentary "Weed."  In the year he spent working on it, he changed his opinion of the drug and its medical uses. Tonight he talks about the patients it helped and marijuana's potential to help others.

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  1. Peggy

    My daughter was born with a serious and rare seizure disorder. By the age of three she had undergone a functional hemispherectomiy and a complete hemispherectomy. She is fourteen years old now and has since had a VNS implanted and we have tried numerous anti-epileptic drugs, all of which have serious side effects, in hope of gaining seizure control. She currently takes four medications per day and we still have seizures on a sometimes weekly basis. Forgive me for thinking that medical marijuana may not be a radical treatment for epilepsy. I think just the opposite. It seems to me that it is a crime not to offer it to people with both chronic and serious conditions that may benifit from it. The side effect from marijuana seems much less than many legal pharmaceutical drugs that are prescribed in abundance to the general population.

    August 16, 2013 at 11:26 pm |
  2. Vince

    People are so gullible. I have seen what marijuana addiction can do to people. It is just as destructive as heavier drugs. Don't believe any of this BS. Weed has a terrible effect on the human brain, especially a young one. Legalizing it would only add to our society's problems.

    August 16, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
    • Peggy

      ...so can legal pharmaceutical drugs prescribed by your doctor.

      August 16, 2013 at 11:28 pm |
    • Dennis

      You are right Vince. People, pot smokers,, believe that because marijuana grows "naturally", (the pot they are smoking does not) that it couldn't possibly contain any dangerous chemicals or any chemicals at all for that matter. As a former pot smoker ( I smoked when I was MUCH younger) I understand why they feel that way. Not only do they like the way it makes them feel physically, and they want to be able to feel that way without breaking the law and the threat of any negative social stigma, it alters their perception of what is right and wrong. I think that part of the problem is, and I think that this is especially true for younger smokers, that they only read information supplied by pot smokers and advocates of marijuana who are only going to tell them what they want to hear.

      August 17, 2013 at 8:16 am |
  3. Aubrey Downes

    Legalize it!!!!!! Harvest it, tax it, sell it. BOOST OUR ECONOMY!! Legalization will increase tax revenue, jobs, decrease petty incarcerations and weed related crime. SAVING THIS COUNTRY $$$$
    This is a no-brainer people. It was outlawed decades ago due to racist propaganda. Its time to make things right! Marijuana leads to munchies and cartoons, oh the humanity... ever heard of a man beating his wife because he was hopped up on weed? No! Blame hard drugs, pills and alcohol! Yet weed remains illegal, even with all these new medicinal findings! This country lacks common sense, and fears change. Lock your doors America, pot-heads are on the loose!
    ...legalize gay marriage while you're at it! When a straight person can get married to a stranger by Elvis at a drive through chapel in Vegas, you can't really complain about the sanctities of marriage.

    August 15, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
  4. Ray Arroyo

    Thank you Dr. Gupta for showing the world how classic gov't bureaucracy really works. What i believe is also holding medical marijuana back is all the pharmaceutical giants who are scared that a plant can knock off a lot of their chemically manufactured pills off of doctor's prescription pads.which in turn lowers there demand which in turn causes them to lose $$$$$$.. sad but true.

    August 15, 2013 at 8:52 am |
  5. Tim mayo

    My son blaine mayo was on CNN yrs ago he has c p he was in Budapest at the Peto institute... We need info to see if medical marijuana , to see if it will help him he is now 17 yrs.

    August 14, 2013 at 10:06 pm |
  6. Rosy Wheeler

    Dr. Gupta needs to come to our ER and spend a week working different shifts he would have a different outlook on Marijuana! Then spend some time with the family members that suffer abuse from the person that is addicted to anything that makes them high including "Marijuana" until they are not in their right mind (but they think they are). They would love to have it legal it will be easy to abuse just like alcohol and cigarettes they could enjoy in ease in their own home and their children would follow in their footprints and then blame their faults on the government.

    August 14, 2013 at 9:43 pm |
  7. Margaret McLellan-Hart

    Yeah Dr. Gupta!! Hopefully adding your medical opinion to the others will finally get Marijuana separated from the serious addictive drugs and stop some of the normal BS fed us by our governments and law enforcement agencies who claim it is a gateway drug, that it is addictive and harmful, etc. Nice to see intelligence that is free of biases!!

    August 14, 2013 at 6:25 pm |
  8. Renee

    I watched Weed on the premiere date. It made me cry so many times. Marijuana is medicinal! The proof is in this documentary... people need to quit looking at marijuana as a drug that harms and look at it as a drug that cures. You can't die from Marijuana, but you can from all the prescription pills that doctors hand out to all the pill heads.

    August 14, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
  9. Rhonda Cates

    Last night 08/13/2013 you were speaking with Sanjay and you asked him what the response was to his documentary and he started to answer and then you cut him off. I would like to know what the majored of people were thinking. Could you ask him again and let him answer it. I love watching CNN it is the only one I watch. Thinks for your time.

    August 14, 2013 at 10:27 am |

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