Dr. Sanjay Gupta said medical weed can save 10,000 lives a year.
CNN’s chief medical correspondent published a letter to Jeff Sessions, urging national legalization of medical cannabis to save thousands of people dying from opioid overdoses.
“Not only can cannabis work for a variety of conditions such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and pain, sometimes, it is the only that that works,” he stated.
Dr. Gupta spent 5 years researching the medical benefits of cannabis and has become a strong believer in the plant’s effectiveness on treating opioid addiction, which takes the lives of more than 115 people in the U.S. every day. He claims medical cannabis can save 10,000 lives a year, even halting the cycle of addiction within the brain. His studies show a 20% decline in opioid overdose deaths ins states with legalized medical cannabis in 1999-2010.
In his letter, he recalls meeting a patient who used opioids for years, but still suffered from pain. He says cannabis provided relief that thousands of pills could not.
“These are desperate times, and while some may consider making medical marijuana widely available to be a desperate measure, the evidence has become increasingly clear of the important role cannabis can have, “ he explained.