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Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Whole Cannabis Is Better Than Just CBD (Or THC)

By on August 14, 2013
CNN's Sanjay Gupta visited Joel Stanley at his medical marijuana business in Colorado. Joel and his brothers crossbred a CBD-rich strain with minimal levels of THC for six-year-old epileptic Charlotte Figi.

CNN’s Sanjay Gupta visited Joel Stanley at his medical marijuana farm in Colorado. – Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent and accomplished neurosurgeon, recently became a medical marijuana advocate after many years of fighting against it. His change of heart came while filming the documentary “WEED”, which premiered on CNN last week.

In an interview with Business Insider, Dr. Gupta explained the differences between THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) and the advantages of using the whole cannabis plant instead of CBD by itself.

“Just taking the CBD out and using it alone doesn’t seem to work as well as when it’s with all the other compounds that are probably playing some role.”

Because of its lack of psychoactivity – meaning it can’t get you high – patients like six year old Charlotte Figi, and her family, prefer CBD over THC.

Charlotte’s success with using medical marijuana to treat her rare form of epilepsy is featured in Dr. Gupta’s documentary as well as the difficulties her family faced in obtaining the medicine.

While many doctors still reject the idea that marijuana can stop seizures, Dr. Gupta states that research exists showing otherwise.

“CBD, there’s been shown, for some time now – decades – that it can have a medicinal effect, specifically… on convulsive disorders, or seizure disorders.”

Charlotte found relief in a CBD-rich strain – bred specifically for her by the Stanley brothers of Teller County, Colorado – which she takes twice a day as an oil extract. The 300 seizures a week she used to suffer from now happen only two to three times a month.

Watch Dr. Sanjay’s full interview with Business Insider:

  • Joe Moondad

    only one paragraph about the title of the article so its kinda mistitled

    • Gregory Paul Smith

      Right, he didn’t really get into why the whole plant is better. But I haven’t watched the video yet either. What about you, Joe?

  • Kerry

    Watch the video, it will show you exactly why it’s better, especially with autism. :)

  • Kirk Sherrill

    Do not be fooled by the TROJAN HORSE….Cannabis must be regulated like zucchinis for food.

  • mac&coy

    can you send me some?

  • Chip Dooley

    Don’t need to watch the video or give a damn what the doctor DEA and others who are again it any ways. They want nothing but money(police forces to pay for the war on drugs, Dr get money ,trips and other kick back, politicians get kick backs from the phar. industry which makes billion of dollars a year from us. So do you really think they have our best interest or their pocket books? My bet it’s all about the MONEY!!!

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    Well it’s like this we don’t want our food genetically modified so I’d say of course the whole plant is better. I would just about lay money on it that the THC plays a large role in it’s success with PTSD.