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Celebrity doctors pushing medical marijuana need others’ evidence

Celebrity doctors who channel their education into the pursuit of fame should be especially careful of misleading people with harmful advice.  One wonders why Dr. Sanjay Gupta and more recently, Dr. Oz, are singing the praises of medical marijuana. Most likely the marijuana industry has been working hard to get their support.

Dr. Bertha Madras, Harvard University

On the other hand, Dr. Bertha Madras, Harvard Professor, explained five reasons marijuana is not medicine in the Washington Post.  She coined the phrase, “It’s not a war on drugs, but defense of our brains.”   Dr. Madras will be giving a webinar Continue reading

Distinguish CBD from Substances Sold by Pot Promoters

Why is there no compassion for the families whose children began a descent into mental illness that began with marijuana?

There is tremendous compassion for those children with seizures who try cannabidiol (CBD).  For example, Alexis, an 11-year-old girl who speaks on behalf of an extract she uses to treat seizures, is a superstar.  It is heart-warming to know that she has been helped.  Alexis has a wonderful heart and is charming.  More recently she has been working with a group that insists the inclusion of THC for seizure medication.

The marijuana industry hopes for political gains by promoting Alexis’ story.  The public needs to give equal consideration to the  families whose children died because of marijuana.  Some have told their stories on blogs such as MomsStrong.org and Parents Opposed to Pot.

Dr. Gupta’s specials on marijuana on CNN changed political discussion about THE WEED. Now it’s time for him to present the other side of the story, the mental illness links.

Dark Side of the Miracle Cure

Furthermore, there a dark side to this “miracle” drug cure.

Some of the children who initially get help from CBD have bad luck later.  Lita Pawliw’s daughter died on February 3, 2017.  It’s heartbreaking.  In 2015, the province of Alberta relented in letting her little girl use the CBD instead of the prescribed pharmaceutical drugs.  While pharmaceutical medicines made her dull and lifeless, her family discovered that CBD made her lively and fun.  The online petition to pay for funeral expenses did not explain how she died.

The fact that CBD treatments for seizures sometimes backfire is a message that needs to get out to the public.   Whenever you use the term “medical marijuana,” teens think the marijuana that gets you high is harmless.   For the subset who goes into marijuana psychosis, marijuana can be lethal. Those making money from selling CBD aren’t required to give the warnings that pharmaceutical companies must give.  Their treatment is a fad and hasn’t met the long-term test of time.  Do people realize that the  Ketogenic Diet has a higher success rate than CBD?

Point Out the Dangers of High-THC Pot

The product that helps Alexis’ seizures should not be called marijuana.  It is predominately cannabidiol  (CBD), one of more than 60 cannabinoids in the marijuana plant.  The extract she takes is suspended in olive oil.  It is derived from marijuana, but it’s not “just a plant.”

Alexis takes a mixture that has 15 parts CBD to one part THC.  Today, most marijuana sold in dispensaries and in the black market is just the opposite.  THC, which produces the high in marijuana, is manipulated to produce the high potency pot of today.   In California, when doctors give recommendations for medical marijuana, they typically don’t specify any particular proportion of CBD and THC.  This neglect has damaged many minds, minds of young people who had previously functioned at a very high level.

The potent marijuana of today frequently triggers episodes of psychosis, and which can lead to permanent mental illness.  “Medical marijuana” continues to destroy the brains of  young people, some of whom have been treated by quack doctors.   Doctors in New York report episodes of young people who suffered from psychosis after using marijuana just once or twice.

Back in the ’70s, when there were equal parts THC and CBD, people were less likely to develop psychosis.  (A landmark study on low-THC marijuana from Sweden determined a person could use 50 times before they were at risk for psychosis. )  With most high-THC marijuana of today, the risk is higher.  The public doesn’t understand the difference between the pot of the ’70s and the pot of today.  It’s time for television doctors, such Dr. Phil, Dr. Gupta, Dr. Drew and Dr. Oz, to expose the truth about THC.

With edibles and dabbing done today, marijuana is far more dangerous than it was in the ’70s.  This is why it essential that the public stop confusing CBD with marijuana.   It is also important that people know that not every type of epilepsy is helped by CBD.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Dr. Oz are celebrity physicians who can sway public perceptions on health issues. Let’s hope they can educate on  the connection between marijuana use and mental illness.

CBD Oil is Available Throughout USA

Alexis’ seizures began at age 7.  Although Alexis and her family moved from Texas to Colorado, CBD sold as “hemp oil” is available throughout the country.  “Charlotte’s Web,” which was featured on a CNN show by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, is available throughout the country because it’s considered Hemp Oil.  Charlotte’s Web and Haleigh’s Hope — which Alexis uses —  is CBD, not “a plant.”

Doctors with The Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado can explain the challenge of giving any THC to children.  They also explain the difference between cannabidiol and whole marijuana.   Why can’t those who bring Alexis’ story to the public explain it properly?  They argue that CBD only, such as the Epidiolex offered by GW Pharmaceuticals out of Great Britain, is not enough.   We caution that any THC in a minor could be brain damaging.

The public has a right to know that some children have died after the parents believed it was a miracle drug.

We challenge the marijuana investors and industry to stop calling CBD oil “medical” marijuana.  We also challenge them to submit their products through the FDA approval process, and to stop lying about “patients” going to jail.

People are basically uneducated on the differences between CBD and most marijuana,  despite Dr. Gupta’s explanations in his TV special.  Since celebrity doctors have promoted the upside of CBD, it’s time to explain the downside of marijuana.  It’s time for celebrity doctors  to educate the public about how THC can damage the brain.

Dr. Gupta should also review the National Academy of Sciences Report on the health effects of cannabis and cannabinoids released in January.  It concluded marijuana may provide “modest” medical help for three conditions:  nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy, spasticity with MS and chronic pain.  Unlike the promoters of Alexis’ treatment, the report does not endorse marijuana is effective in the treatment for seizures.

Judge Upholds the Schedule I Classification

On Wednesday, April 15, 2015, Judge Kimberly J Mueller of the US Court in Sacramento upheld the constitutionality of marijuana’s Schedule I designation in the 5-tier classification set down by Congress in 1970.   Schedule I drugs must have a high potential for abuse.

On April 16, 2015, Governor Butch Otter of Idaho issued an executive order allowing for expanded access to Epidiolex, a pure, pharmacy version of cannabidiol (CBD). He vetoed a bill that would have allowed non-pharmacy grade CBD for the treatment of seizures.

Parents Opposed to Pot calls on the national media to clarify the distinction between cannabidiol (CBD) Continue reading

Cannabidiol or CBD is not Same as Medical Marijuana

(Please read other articles of our series on the Medical Marijuana Hoax, Part 1: Jail, Part 2: Mental HealthPart 3: The Strategy)   Our position on is that there is an overuse of ADD and other drugs which is ironic since pro-pot advocates think we’re tied to pharmaceutical companies.

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta left the wrong impression on many Americans when discussing marijuana, which is why the media needs to stop saying medical marijuana when they mean cannabidiol or CBD.  Marijuana is very different from cannabidiol, the marijuana derivative which Dr. Gupta advocates for treating some types of epilepsy in children.

The marijuana plant has more than 400 compounds, and at least 60 different cannabinoids which bind to receptors in our body. Cannabidiol is one of those 60 cannabinoids. Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is a different cannabinoid, the main psychoactive component and the one responsible for the “high” of marijuana.

The medical marijuana advocates have intentionally confused the public about medical marijuana research at this time. Cannabidiol has been isolated by a company in Great Britain and is being fast-tracked for approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Continue reading