Medical Marijuana: A Conversation with Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Speaker(s): Sanjay Gupta, Staci Gruber Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014 – 6:00pm Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent at CNN, joined Dr. Staci …


  1. I’ve been hearing quite a lot about how that weed can double your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. And, a few days ago, I smoked some Sativa strain and ended up feeling like something burst in my head and felt like warm fluids were running down my head and into my neck area. I felt a stabbing like pain in my head shortly before the gushing of fluids drained into my head and neck area. And, not exactly sure what happened or what those warm fluids that poured down into my head and neck were. But, started looking into whether marijuana could cause heart attacks and strokes and found all kinds of videos on YouTube, saying that weed CAN and DOES cause problems with your heart and that it causes strokes, too. I am so frustrated and confused!!! Weed is thee ONLY thing that has really helped me!!! And, I don’t want to stop using weed because it DOES help me so much. Could anybody please help me with this?!!? Any helpful information I could get , I would really appreciate. Thanks!!! Scared to even smoke marijuana anymore!!!

  2. The FDA does not approve tomatoes for human use however they do approve pesticides for use on tomatoes so the FDA will never approve marijuana for human use, they will just approve pesticides and insecticides that can and can't be used on marijuana.
    As long as we are asking them to approve marijuana itself they will refuse to because they do not approve tomatos or potatoes or spinach, the FDA has never been asked to approve a food before.
    they only approve things that we use on food when we're producing food.
    As far as them approving medicines and drugs they only approve limits on use so getting the FDA involved will only create limits on strength limits on strain availability limits on what it can be used for and when it can be used and how often it can be used.
    The beauty of marijuana use is its variability by the user at the time of use and the FDA does not ever approve that type of variability left up to the user however this type of adjustability this type of freedom being given to the user is against FDA guidelines itself because part of the fda's job is to give guidelines for specific amounts of dosages and to suggest that something may have such unclear limits and warnings creates fear and ambiguity regarding other medications independently.

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