Depending on where marijuana is controversially discussed, it could be a scourge or it could be a blessing.
CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the network’s chief medical correspondent and a brain surgeon, recently issued an apology for his earlier wrong perception and critical opinion about the use of marijuana.
“Smoking the stuff is not going to do your health any good,” Gupta wrote in Time magazine in 2009, declaring his opposition to laws that would make the drug available for medical purposes. But, when he met a 5-year-old girl in Colorado whose number of seizures has been effectively cut down because of medical marijuana, it made him completely change his outlook on its usage.
The time Gupta spent with the kid made him realize not only about the advances made on the study of marijuana as a drug, but also the reality that doctors are there to provide the best care possible, and if it includes prescribing marijuana, so be it.
Gupta said he didn’t look hard enough at research on the topic, and found some new research that had been done since then.
“We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that,” Gupta said.
Being that as it may, the truth about marijuana needs to be brought to light so that people can decide, with an educated opinion, whether or not the positive effects of marijuana out weigh the negative.
The fact alone that government spends tax money going after people cultivating marijuana plants, uprooting and burning them, only signifies the negative impact it has on people.
Now, it seems that what is perceived to be evil is actually a plant that was sent down from the heavens to save mankind!
It looks like the problem lies in the fact that much of the researches done before has been about the weed’s negative/harmful effects. Studies and experiments on its positive impact are even showing more desirous results today.
That is why it is good and, even, educational to hear Dr. Gupta speak on this subject.
While people die regularly from prescription drug overdoses, Gupta said he’s been unable to find a documented case of death from a marijuana overdose.
Gupta said he doesn’t want people to apply his change of heart to the issue of recreational marijuana use. As a father, he said he wouldn’t allow his children to smoke marijuana until they are adults. If they want to, he’d urge them to wait until their mid-20s when their brains are fully developed, because of studies that show the drug can damage young people.
This translates to the worldly advice that one has to do things in moderation.
Or like what the Lord Buddha said: “Everything excess in life is poison.”