Article by The Kindland
In 2009, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a renowned neurosurgeon and CNN correspondent, wrote an essay for Time in which he suggested that smoking weed had very few benefits, and that it was maybe even addictive. He wrote the piece to encourage people to vote against weed in an upcoming election. Because he was against it.
“But I’m here to tell you, as a doctor, that despite all the talk about the medical benefits of marijuana, smoking the stuff is not going to do your health any good. And if you get high before climbing behind the wheel of a car, you will be putting yourself and those around you in danger.”
Now, eight years later, Gupta says he regrets every speaking badly about weed. He’s been busy hunting down answers about cannabis and searching for clues to see if it could really be as life-affirming as some people (and research claim).
He’s put out three CNN documentary specials called Weed over the past few years, and there’s a new one coming soon. After talking to doctors and researchers, Gupta now believes that marijuana is wonderful and that it can successfully help with pain management and reduce opioid addiction.
He’s fully on board with cannabis, or at least has an open mind, despite being somewhat embarrassed by his original no-go stance. So if you’re canna-curious and looking for a doctor’s okay to get rolling, check out Gupta’s praise for weed, because he is a doctor after all.