Marijuana Research with Dr. Sanjay Gupta – CNN Special 2014
People are lighting up all over the country Marijuana has moved out of the back alleys and into the open.
In some states, it is legal to grow marijuana, sell and smoke. Is marijuana good or bad for you? Some say there is no comparison to the benefits of marijuana to conventional drugs.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta interviews a family who has never allowed cameras in their home before. They live in Colorado where it is legal to smoke pot medically and recreationally.
Medical dispensaries are everywhere. People are smoking in private clubs and public festivals.
Historically, cannabis was used by doctors and dispensed by pharmacies. But all that changed in 1930 when Henry Anslinger, the United States First Drug Czar announced that marijuana was public enemy number one. He knew he could increase the budget for his department by putting out outrageous new reports. The clincher was the movie that came out, "Reefer Madness" instilling a fear in people that had no basis in fact. This disinformation defined our attitudes for seventy years.
The Figgys were unprepared when their daughter, Charlotte, began having seizures and was diagnosed with Dravet Syndrone. The Figgy's tried everything to help their child. Some of the medications caused her heart to stop. The mother had to perform CPR on her child. In the Fall of 2011, Charlotte was five years old. Her twin sister would hug her and say she was glad she survived the night with having seizure after seizure all night long.
Matt, Charlotte's father, began scouring the Internet looking for help. He found a video about a child with Dravet Sydrone quit having seizures after ingesting marijuana. Before the parents could decide whether or not to start treatment with marijuana, Charlotte's condition worsened. She was having 300 seizures a week - almost one an hour. She could not walk or talk or move. She was catatonic. Her body was so frail another seizure may kill her.
Learn what these desperate parents did after doing all the marijuana research necessary to make an informed decision for their daughter.