A doctor’s case for medical marijuana | David Casarett

I would like to tell you
about the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me in my years
of working as a palliative care physician. This happened a couple of years ago. I was asked as a consultant
to see a woman in her 70s — retired English professor
who had pancreatic cancer. I was asked to see her because
she had pain, nausea, vomiting … When I went to see her,
we talked about those symptoms and in the course of that consultation, she asked me whether I thought
that medical marijuana might help her. I thought back to everything that I had learned in medical school
about medical marijuana, which didn’t take very long
because I had learned absolutely nothing. And so I told her that as far as I knew, medical marijuana
had no benefits whatsoever. And she smiled and nodded and reached
into the handbag next to the bed, and pulled out a stack of about a dozen
randomized controlled trials showing that medical
marijuana has benefits for symptoms like nausea
and pain and anxiety. She handed me those articles and said, “Maybe you should read these
before offering an opinion … doctor.” (Laughter) So I did. That night I read all of those articles
and found a bunch more. When I came to see her the next morning, I had to admit that it looks like
there is some evidence that marijuana can offer medical benefits and I suggested that if she
really was interested, she should try it. You know what she said? This 73-year-old,
retired English professor? She said, “I did try it
about six months ago. It was amazing. I’ve been using it every day since. It’s the best drug I’ve discovered. I don’t know why it took me 73 years
to discover this stuff. It’s amazing.” (Laughter) That was the moment at which I realized I needed to learn something
about medical marijuana because what I was prepared for
in medical school bore no relationship to reality. So I started reading more articles,
I started talking to researchers, I started talking to doctors, and most importantly,
I started listening to patients. I ended up writing a book
based on those conversations, and that book really revolved
around three surprises — surprises to me, anyway. One I already alluded to — that there really are some benefits
to medical marijuana. Those benefits may not be
as huge or as stunning as some of the most avid proponents
of medical marijuana would have us believe, but they are real. Surprise number two: medical marijuana does have some risks. Those risks may not be
as huge and as scary as some of the opponents of medical
marijuana would have us believe, but they are real risks, nonetheless. But it was the third surprise
that was most … surprising. And that is that a lot
of the patients I talked with who’ve turned to medical
marijuana for help, weren’t turning to medical marijuana
because of its benefits or the balance of risks and benefits, or because they thought
it was a wonder drug, but because it gave them
control over their illness. It let them manage their health in a way that was productive and efficient and effective and comfortable for them. To show you what I mean,
let me tell you about another patient. Robin was in her early 40s when I met her. She looked though
like she was in her late 60s. She had suffered from rheumatoid arthritis
for the last 20 years, her hands were gnarled by arthritis, her spine was crooked, she had to rely
on a wheelchair to get around. She looked weak and frail, and I guess physically she probably was, but emotionally,
cognitively, psychologically, she was among the toughest
people I’ve ever met. And when I sat down next to her in a medical marijuana dispensary
in Northern California to ask her about why she turned
to medical marijuana, what it did for her and how it helped her, she started out by telling me things that I had heard
from many patients before. It helped with her anxiety; it helped with her pain; when her pain was better,
she slept better. And I’d heard all that before. But then she said something
that I’d never heard before, and that is that it gave her
control over her life and over her health. She could use it when she wanted, in the way that she wanted, at the dose and frequency
that worked for her. And if it didn’t work for her,
then she could make changes. Everything was up to her. The most important thing she said was she didn’t need
anybody else’s permission — not a clinic appointment,
not a doctor’s prescription, not a pharmacist’s order. It was all up to her. She was in control. And if that seems like a little thing
for somebody with chronic illness, it’s not — not at all. When we face a chronic serious illness, whether it’s rheumatoid arthritis
or lupus or cancer or diabetes, or cirrhosis, we lose control. And note what I said: “when,” not “if.” All of us at some point in our lives
will face a chronic serious illness that causes us to lose control. We’ll see our function decline,
some of us will see our cognition decline, we’ll be no longer able
to care for ourselves, to do the things that we want to do. Our bodies will betray us, and in that process, we’ll lose control. And that’s scary. Not just scary — that’s frightening, it’s terrifying. When I talk to my patients,
my palliative care patients, many of whom are facing illnesses
that will end their lives, they have a lot of be frightened of — pain, nausea, vomiting,
constipation, fatigue, their impending mortality. But what scares them
more than anything else is this possibility that at some point, tomorrow or a month from now, they’re going to lose
control of their health, of their lives, of their healthcare, and they’re going to become
dependent on others, and that’s terrifying. So it’s no wonder really
that patients like Robin, who I just told you about, who I met in that clinic, turn to medical marijuana to try to claw back
some semblance of control. How do they do it though? How do these medical
marijuana dispensaries — like the one where I met Robin — how do they give patients like Robin
back the sort of control that they need? And how do they do it in a way that mainstream
medical hospitals and clinics, at least for Robin, weren’t able to? What’s their secret? So I decided to find out. I went to a seedy clinic
in Venice Beach in California and got a recommendation that would allow me
to be a medical marijuana patient. I got a letter of recommendation
that would let me buy medical marijuana. I got that recommendation illegally, because I’m not
a resident of California — I should note that. I should also note, for the record, that I never used that letter
of recommendation to make a purchase, and to all of you DEA agents out there — (Laughter) love the work that you’re doing, keep it up. (Laughter) Even though it didn’t let me
make a purchase though, that letter was priceless
because it let me be a patient. It let me experience
what patients like Robin experience when they go to a medical
marijuana dispensary. And what I experienced — what they experience every day, hundreds of thousands
of people like Robin — was really amazing. I walked into the clinic, and from the moment that I entered
many of these clinics and dispensaries, I felt like that dispensary, that clinic, was there for me. There were questions
at the outset about who I am, what kind of work I do, what my goals are in looking
for a medical marijuana prescription, or product, what my goals are,
what my preferences are, what my hopes are, how do I think, how do I hope
this might help me, what am I afraid of. These are the sorts of questions that patients like Robin
get asked all the time. These are the sorts of questions
that make me confident that the person I’m talking with
really has my best interests at heart and wants to get to know me. The second thing I learned
in those clinics is the availability of education. Education from the folks
behind the counter, but also education
from folks in the waiting room. People I met were more than happy,
as I was sitting next to them — people like Robin — to tell me about who they are,
why they use medical marijuana, what helps them, how it helps them, and to give me advice and suggestions. Those waiting rooms really are
a hive of interaction, advice and support. And third, the folks behind the counter. I was amazed at how willing
those people were to spend sometimes an hour or more
talking me through the nuances of this strain versus that strain, smoking versus vaporizing, edibles versus tinctures — all, remember, without me
making any purchase whatsoever. Think about the last time
you went to any hospital or clinic and the last time anybody spent an hour
explaining those sorts of things to you. The fact that patients like Robin
are going to these clinics, are going to these dispensaries and getting that sort
of personalized attention and education and service, really should be a wake-up call
to the healthcare system. People like Robin are turning away
from mainstream medicine, turning to medical marijuana dispensaries because those dispensaries
are giving them what they need. If that’s a wake-up call
to the medical establishment, it’s a wake-up call that many
of my colleagues are either not hearing or not wanting to hear. When I talk to my colleagues,
physicians in particular, about medical marijuana, they say, “Oh, we need more evidence. We need more research into benefits,
we need more evidence about risks.” And you know what? They’re right. They’re absolutely right. We do need much more evidence
about the benefits of medical marijuana. We also need to ask the federal government
to reschedule marijuana to Schedule II, or to deschedule it entirely
to make that research possible. We also need more research
into medical marijuana’s risks. Medical marijuana’s risks — we know a lot about
the risks of recreational use, we know next to nothing
about the risks of medical marijuana. So we absolutely do need research, but to say that we need research and not that we need
to make any changes now is to miss the point entirely. People like Robin
aren’t seeking out medical marijuana because they think it’s a wonder drug, or because they think
it’s entirely risk-free. They seek it out because the context
in which it’s delivered and administered and used, gives them the sort of control
they need over their lives. And that’s a wake-up call
we really need to pay attention to. The good news though is that
there are lessons we can learn today from those medical marijuana dispensaries. And those are lessons
we really should learn. These are often small,
mom-and-pop operations run by people with no medical training. And while it’s embarrassing to think that many of these clinics
and dispensaries are providing services and support and meeting patients’ needs in ways that billion-dollar
healthcare systems aren’t — we should be embarrassed by that — but we can also learn from that. And there are probably
three lessons at least that we can learn
from those small dispensaries. One: we need to find ways
to give patients more control in small but important ways. How to interact with healthcare providers, when to interact
with healthcare providers, how to use medications
in ways that work for them. In my own practice, I’ve gotten much more
creative and flexible in supporting my patients
in using drugs safely to manage their symptoms — with the emphasis on safely. Many of the drugs I prescribe
are drugs like opioids or benzodiazepines which can be dangerous if overused. But here’s the point. They can be dangerous if they’re overused, but they can also be ineffective
if they’re not used in a way that’s consistent with
what patients want and need. So that flexibility,
if it’s delivered safely, can be extraordinarily valuable
for patients and their families. That’s number one. Number two: education. Huge opportunities to learn from some of the tricks
of those medical marijuana dispensaries to provide more education that doesn’t require
a lot of physician time necessarily, or any physician time, but opportunities to learn
about what medications we’re using and why, prognoses, trajectories of illness, and most importantly, opportunities for patients
to learn from each other. How can we replicate what goes on in those clinic and medical
dispensary waiting rooms? How patients learn from each other,
how people share with each other. And last but not least, putting patients first the way
those medical marijuana dispensaries do, making patients feel
legitimately like what they want, what they need, is why, as healthcare providers, we’re here. Asking patients about their hopes,
their fears, their goals and preferences. As a palliative care provider, I ask all my patients what they’re
hoping for and what they’re afraid of. But here’s the thing. Patients shouldn’t have to wait
until they’re chronically seriously ill, often near the end of life, they shouldn’t have to wait
until they’re seeing a physician like me before somebody asks them, “What are you hoping for?” “What are you afraid of?” That should be baked into the way
that healthcare is delivered. We can do this — we really can. Medical marijuana dispensaries
and clinics all across the country are figuring this out. They’re figuring this out in ways that larger, more mainstream
health systems are years behind. But we can learn from them, and we have to learn from them. All we have to do is swallow our pride — put aside the thought for a minute that because we have
lots of letters after our name, because we’re experts, because we’re chief medical officers
of a large healthcare system, we know all there is to know
about how to meet patients’ needs. We need to swallow our pride. We need to go visit
a few medical marijuana dispensaries. We need to figure out what they’re doing. We need to figure out
why so many patients like Robin are leaving our mainstream medical clinics and going to these medical
marijuana dispensaries instead. We need to figure out
what their tricks are, what their tools are, and we need to learn from them. If we do, and I think we can,
and I absolutely think we have to, we can guarantee all of our patients
will have a much better experience. Thank you. (Applause)

100 thoughts on “A doctor’s case for medical marijuana | David Casarett”

  1. Also when you consider the cost of treating some disorders or disease marijuana offers a cheaper alternative..its empowering because we are not emprisioned by the pharmaceutical industry they cant tell us that we must take their drugs..big pharma is the biggest proponent of demonizing pot bc they know a $50 bag of weed or edible is alot cheaper than chemo treatment that costs thousands…big pharma knows plants many life saving or prolonging medications come from plants. All states need to decriminalize marijuana and allow people who use pot to not fear going to jail for something that gives them real relief from disorders and disease that is crippling them.

  2. Talk is cheap.we need scientists proof.its the new gold rush.everbody and their momma is coming out.like cbd for pain,is straight bullshit.

  3. We are all like cows (patients), and the ranchers (doctors) all took the grass (cannabis) off our fields. They want to be the hands that feed us exotic grass (pills) that end up sending us to the slaughter house (killing us), for the milk (money).

  4. "We need more evidence".
    Since the first recorded use of marijuana as a medicinal plant was in 2737 B.C – the first RECORDED use, as in it was written down by a Doctor, I would have thought that 4,755 years of evidence that marijuana helps was quite enough evidence to be getting on with.

  5. So control is this guys issue – people self dosing, a very very dangerous message – gave this a big thumbs done. Marijuana is not safe, marijuana side effect profile is serious – and we have 27,0000 studies that establish the case that this drug should remain a scheduled drug.


  7. Once big pharma gets into the game the feds will be allowed to legalize pot along with all the rules to ensure that only big pharma can distribute it….

  8. I salute this guy courage to speak openly about medical cannabis — he should refrain, IMO, to use the term "marijuana" because it is derogatory. There is a story behind the choice of that term and it was for the purpose of turning people off.

  9. their are no risks nobody has ever died or got worst by using it as medicine. u still have a lot of learning to do doc…

  10. Big pharma is paying our lawmakers big money to keep it illegal because it can't be patented so pharma won't make money. lawmakers love the money. Just follow the money trail.

  11. Most medical education comes from the Pharma Industry via donations to Universities from Pharam. Most doctors then want to make money and alternative medicine messes with their business. Most are not critical thinkers.

  12. The trick is………are you ready for it?
    Cannabis has medical attributes that help and cure, that big pharma does not want known and does not want to admit to.
    That’s why it was made a class 1 drug in the first place. To stop people from getting a cure and being trapped in to a life time of ineffectual treatments.

  13. Pharma companies all knew the benefits of it so ensured its been banned. This way growing or keeping it was forbidden by laws. And now it is time to make tons of money on it by producing and marketing as a drug which cures some conditions. I think this is the tactic big boys use. If it has some invaluable health benefits then ban it and when it becomes rare you produce and market it. I wouldn't surprise if they start telling us about health benefits of tobacco in the future.

  14. What other drug could help children not have seizures without side effects! Nobody wants pharmaceutical drugs created by man!
    I have the best sleep ,kills pain and anxiety without destroying my liver or kidneys. Too bad it’s soooo expensive! Nobody that’s on a
    fixed income could afford it,so people will still suffer! Reschedule for research,alcohol and cigarettes kill! Big Pharma lobbies
    against it! Hmmmmm! We the people should have a choice on how we medicate not how a government or doctor says we should!

  15. Marijuana is a wonderful medicine. It helps so many people in so many different ways.
    It's an amazing plant. 🌱
    I wish we lived in a country where our elected officials cared more about sick people & freedoms, & less about keeping rich people rich.

  16. He is the way a doctor should be. He puts his patient first, is not afraid to act on new ideas, open-minded, he listens, is empathatic and he puts himself into patients shoes. l wish all the doctors could be like him – then there are less pain and suffering in society. Thank you, Dr. Casaret😎

  17. Thank you for the work you do. Wish my father had lived long enough to have benefited from Medical cannabis. Thank you for becoming open minded.

  18. Thank you Dr. Casarett, for re-inventing the wheel. When I was in medical school, (Johns Hopkins MD '72), our class heard a lecture given by Dr. Solomon Snyder-the person who discovered the opiate receptor. Dr. Snyder explained the benign pharmacology of marijuana's ingredients that were known to be biologically active. He explained how the "set and setting" in which a mind-altering drug is taken are as or more important than the pharmacology. Dr. Snyder has been a courageous advocate for legalization since at least 1970. After med. school, I completed a medical internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. No one contradicted Dr. Snyder. After the internship, I came to Harvard Medical School for a residency in psychiatry. As part of the training program, Dr. Lester Grinspoon lectured on mind-altering drugs. Dr. Grinspoon also told us (shrinks-in-training) that marijuana had useful medical properties. When I finished my psychiatry residency, I was appointed Harvard's first Post-doctoral Fellow in Psychobiology. Over the past 46 years, I have shared my knowledge of drug chemistry with many patients. However, I have always cautioned people that we have no sound information to guide us – largely because the entire spectrum of "mind-altering" drugs have been declared illegal and that has stifled research. All I can say is that Dr. Casarett is a welcome voice. I'm back at Johns Hopkins Advanced Academic Programs studying pharmacogenetics. Never forget that making drugs illegal has created a shadow economy that is far larger than the sum of all legitimate equity markets (I also have an MBA.) Hopefully, this wonderful Ted-talk can be another step toward the safe relief of human suffering.

  19. What Dr. Need to learn is the effect of medical marijuana before tell patient that it doesn't work !!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. I'm a lupus warrior also dealing with degentive disc disease and sever arthritis in the cervical spine with a straight neck amongst other medical conditions (the list is long). Medical marijuana is literally the only pain. Control that works, it also has helped me keep the lupus in remission and I no longer have to take 99% of other medications I was prescribed. I recently just had a hysterectomy with oophorectomy and was prescribed oxycodone for pain, it didnt help me but the marijuana did. Try to say it doesnt have the benefits that are said that it does is ridiculous. I also have seizure issues and was prescribed high dose neurontin for it, I no longer have to take neurontin anymore because the marijuana has been controlling my seizures and random black outs. I now have been black out and seizure free for 5 years. I now believe in it, where I was skeptical before. The benefits are remarkable, and it has virtually no risk at all. 🙂

  21. Love the open minded Drs who listen to there patients. Its Golden. And this is why it is a grass roots movement. From the people for the people is our American Right. Of personal choice.

  22. If you want proof, information, etc. look to the remaining information of cannabis use in medicine from China and India. Proofs galore. Cannabis and hemp were used in this country as medicine for almost 200 years before the purge in the early 1930s I think. Before then it was prescribed routinely for all kinds of things. But the purge cleaned out 99.9 percent of all information of its medical uses from this society. Thanks ( in my opinion) to big pharma and people in the government, who saw an opportunity to make lots of money by getting rid of a natural product that can’t or at the time couldn’t be patented for drugs that could.
    Probably millions of people have suffered or died because of this.
    I don’t like weed, I think it stinks and I don’t like how it makes me feel. But it obviously has many medical uses. And life saving or life comforting, or life enabling, extending benefits.
    For me, any doctor who is unwilling to talk or consider cannabis or politician who is unwilling to talk or consider legalizing it is not worth going to or voting for, when there is SOOOOOO much proof that cannabis and hemp are wonder plants.
    In the beginning, all, ALL medicine was derived from plants. What makes cannabis and hemp so different?
    The answer is big government and big pharma. With nature, there is no money in it for them.
    Or so they think. In reality, if they embraced it they could make billions and save millions of lives, and improve the state of millions more.

  23. Research in this topic is making giant steps from day to day. That's why people should constantly inform themselves about newfound benefits.

  24. What are the risks? If they can research the risks why not the benefits? I have never heard of the risks.

  25. I can answer his question .. The people opening up medical dispensaries use there own money and do it at risk to themselves getting in trouble with the law as in many countries they operate in a grey area . These people would not take these risks if they did not care about other people or there suffering . That is why you get that personal touch and the sense of love and care in the dispensaries because they actually care and are not there just to profit .

  26. it is a tough one for Big Parma and their lap dogs in Congress. Even if cbd or med cannabis takes 5 or 10% of their biz this will be a disaster for them. They won't back down that easy… so the population.

  27. Yes there are Doctors who ask these questions they are Naturopaths, Chiropractors and Acupuncturists.
    Thank you for a very heart felt delivery and awakening for us all.
    Many Blessings

  28. The problem with most doctors is that the majority trained in medicine to impress their parents and peers…not because they wanted to actually help people.
    Having had 3 children 1 with a disorder requiring a huge amount of medical care..I’ve been subjected to hundreds of so called doctors but haven’t yet found one that can actually help my child.
    The only people that have helped her are the ‘little’ people..who do their jobs because they passionately care about helping others.
    If we’re ever going to advance in medicine then our governments need to start listening to pioneering doctors like this one, and stop bashing down those that speak out with their own ideas and opinions.
    It seems our whole system is geared up to create compliant robots.

  29. Your an idiot. Trying too tell something about a plant you know nothing about. Go get ur hands dirty . Give a try yourself then you will be able to speak about it yourself. This is why people are so confused and uneducated about it from listening to this kinda garbage

  30. I was on a dozen prescription plus before full spectrum cannabis oil. Evolution extracts capsules changed my life, cannabis is the truth

  31. January 2008 – February 2019, 2-4 Xanax per day for generalized anxiety disorder.
    February 2019 – present, 0 Xanax per day.

    guess medical cannabis has SOME merits, huh 😉

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  33. Thank you so much for standing up for a person who is living 2000 miles away from my home just to be legal but soooooo missing family now 8 years as a medical refuge for medical cannabis. Again I thank you from the bottom of my. ❤️. !

  34. i told my psychiatrist everything i know about cannabis, and she said i changed her why of thinking about it. She tried to get it for me but the government said no

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  36. There is no secret. It just works. My chronic pain physician pushed me to try it. I finally gave in. That same day I changed my mind as the high oil content works in CBD with some THC. The right balance is something you tweak. All these unnecessary and inaccurate hang ups I had were proven wrong in just one days use. A closed mind is a wonderful thing to loose…

  37. I take 12mg od diluadid a day. I can take 2 small lung fulls once a day and I dont need the pills.. Go figure…brain tumor 2 hip replacements many other issues 42yo.

  38. The last time I smoke marijuana was during the 1970s. The good effects of it make food and water taste extremely great and it makes music sound great. The strong marijuana will cause hallucinations or make you nervous. However alcohol beverages is more dangerous than marijuana.

  39. there's no such a thing as medical marijuana.i am 67 years old been using marijuana for 30 years and give up 20 years ago.All my friends that continued to smoke died from it.People that promote medical marijuana are just crooks.they always use terminally ill and dying people to promote their dirty business.For terminally ill and dying people heroin is better than marijuana .

  40. there's no such a thing as medical marijuana.i am 67 years old been using marijuana for 30 years and give up 20 years ago.All my friends that continued to smoke died from it.People that promote medical marijuana are just crooks.they always use terminally ill and dying people to promote their dirty business.For terminally ill and dying people heroin is better than marijuana .

  41. Doctor's shouldn't try to take opiods and other meds away because we turn to canibus for chronic pain hard life if a doctor had to live this way they would do it too takin away our pain meds every time more and more but not letting us use something that never killed anyone or hurt anyone government stop these doctors i can drink alcohol by the gallon and get meds but i have canibus im thrown out sick with side effects infair hekp us please

  42. Not only to subside the nausea and anorexia of chemo, Marijuana kills cancer cells. For that ,a long course of weed is needed. may be 3 years. It has reversed the Liver Cirrhosis of some. we can work on it more in details, only if it is legal.

  43. Great video. We use cbd for many things. I highly recommend saludinfusions.com. they even have cbd for pets!

  44. Funny thing is before the 30's it was totally legal and widely used. We can blame DuPont and his pals that lobbied against it and formed the Marijauana tax act in 1937, they did not want industrial hemp to take over the Rubber patent they had just worked so hard for…

  45. Thank you so much for this talk. Having the opportunity to access affordable and process monitrored medical cannabis is great and necessary. However, having an HCP or NP tell you that you can only have 2 gms/day based on their structure for writing an order when your needs are 5 gms/day or more (d/t how one utilizes aspects of the plant taking into account its chemo and terpine profiles) can be a form of abuse and neglect. Not being able to place an order because of ratio restrictions and THC/CBD percentages (even though the patient has been taking a much higher dosage to control chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia, etc.)because of whatever political agenda or fears the HCP/NP has, is failure to meet the patient's needs and negligent. Then of course there is the "GREED" variable that causes HCP/NCP to restrict the written order/authorization for medical cannabis. They want to charge cash in the hundreds and thousands of dollars to write a larger order despite the client's needs. HCP/NP directs patients to order only from their partnered LP-HCP/NP relationship, gains them much in kickbacks–corruption happens at all levels. Sadly, the patient's need is seldom first.

  46. Safest real medicine In the world, hard to respect all these pill pushers who do not highly recommend pot, makes me feel smarter not dumber and more social , most should be able to grow and use.

  47. I have PTSD, military veteran,i cure my self 23 years with cannabis i can offer thousands of informations about this plant to any research center.

  48. The pharmaceutical company's and Doctors are keeping us sick and making all the money, marijuana do not kill people, like the drugs the doctor gives you .

  49. Thank you for an open mind I have had crops the most painful disease known to man the has help me survive I am now off all pain mess and other drugs I was taken I now live in co not utah so thank you

  50. I think its sad that not more doctors and scientists explore a possible medicin like maruijana that have shown good benefits against cancer and other sicknesses. Even if its small benifits I think that any possibility to find a way to treat cancer or other diseases should be studied and explored. If someone found a cure for cancer tomorrow, would we get that great news to or would it take a long time behind the restricted politics to reach the public?

  51. Marihuana helps, but treating people with true respect and kindness and attention for their best interest might be the most helpful necesity we currently lack as a society…

  52. What are the risks? I notice this speaker makes that a huge point but NEVER follows up on it because there are none. Instead he shows how dispensaries are doing better than western medical doctors and completes his talk saying doctors need to learn better tricks from dispensaries. He misses the mark entirely because patients aren’t using marijuana over control issues. They’re replacing their drugs with marijuana because it works better than pharmaceuticals. Period.

  53. I'm a medicinal and recreational user of cannabis since the age of 16, I'm now 32 and still use daily. Funny, the three symptoms he mentioned are the three reasons I use it medicinally, for post operative pain and arthritis, anxiety snd nausea. Smoke weed everyday.

  54. Well Marijuana was banned by the British in India .. It was called Vijaya in Ayurveda that meant conquerer .. it was ingredient of almost every Ayurvedic drug known to treat cancer TB leprosy etc … The market value of allopathy has killed old wisdom

  55. Medical cannabis aside; the questions he mentions right after 8:00 minutes I hope all my physical therapist colleagues out there are asking.

  56. Hmmm smoking isn’t good for a persons lungs at all… weed or tobacco despite what docs have said for years back in the day it’s horrible for your lungs … that being said obviously marijuana has many medical benefits!!! Needs lots of research and development. Exciting potential! That’s why big pharmaceutical is so against it

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