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