Recent statements by Dr. Sanjay Gupta have been quoted and requoted all over the media, and for a good reason. It is an important issue, and his is an important voice. Here is a quote from a blog on MSN:
Those who doubt medical marijuana’s usefulness, put this in your pipe and smoke it: Dr. Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon and CNN’s chief medical correspondent, formerly on your side, has reversed his position and come out strongly in favor of the use of cannabis to treat various medical conditions.
“I think we have been terribly and systematically misled in this country, and I did part of that misleading,” he said, apologizing for not supporting medical marijuana sooner.
He said there was “no scientific basis” for claims that marijuana was not beneficial, while a host of studies conducted outside the U.S. and patient experience proved it could alleviate symptoms that even stronger, more addictive and dangerous drugs could not. Refusing to offer marijuana as a medical treatment, he said, was “irresponsible.”
Sometimes when you think that there must be a conspiracy between some parties controlling an aspect of your life, it may turn out that you were right! You can watch a webinar on MSN, about the history of hemp oil and how it helps heal cancer and inflammation.
Hemp suffered a similar fate back in the 1940s.
Why should you care about it? Because hemp extract, and especially one of its components, cannabidiol, are excellent anti-inflammatory agents. Raw hemp has fantastic healing properties. Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the compounds, and it is responsible for much of the healing effects.