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CNN's Dr. Sanjay Calls It Weed's 'Emperor's New Clothes'

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The US Government Now Supplies Cannabis Extracts to Epileptic Kids Dr. Sanjay Gupta Calls It Weed's 'Emperor's New Clothes' Moment


Very quietly, the federal government has begun approving—and even subsidizing—a series of studies of cannabidiol (CBD) for children with treatment-resistant epilepsy. CBD is a completely non-psychoactive and non-toxic natural compound found only in the marijuana plant. It has shown tremendous efficacy in controlling seizures. There is no lethal dose of CBD and only a few, mild side effects.

Last August, thanks to Dr. Sanjay Gupta's groundbreaking CNN documentary

, millions of viewers worldwide saw the way a high-CBD “whole-plant cannabis extract” proved over 99 percent effective in stopping a six-year-old girl's seizures, after all other treatments failed. Many in the medical marijuana community had been pointing to such “miraculous” cases for years, often facing ridicule in response, but after Dr. Gupta's special aired, everything changed.

Emboldened, more and more parents came forward, either to share their own dramatic success stories, or to demand legal access for their kids. In Weed 2, which premieres tonight, Gupta follows one of these families, the Wilsons, during their high-profile public feud with New Jersey governor Chris Christie—including a face-to-face confrontation at a diner where Brian Wilson accuses Christie of dragging his feet on implementing the state's medical marijuana law.

“Please don't let my daughter die,” he pleaded.

“These are complicated issues,” Christie responded.

“Very simple issue,” Wilson replied.
Perhaps watching his two-year-old daughter Vivian suffer horrific, life-threatening seizures every day of her life helped clarify his thinking. In any case, the Wilsons, like hundreds of other families, ended up traveling to Colorado Springs to legally acquire a concentrated extract of Charlotte's Web—a high-CBD strain of marijuana developed by growers at a local dispensary. Unfortunately, while the all-natural, “no-high” medicine helped Vivian immensely, federal law prevented bringing any home with them to New Jersey.
Meanwhile, in February, doctors at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and NYU Langone Medical Center began supplying an almost identical product to pediatric epilepsy patients, with the express knowledge and consent of the federal government. If fully implemented, this FDA-approved trial will eventually enroll 150 children at six different locations. According to the UCSF Pediatric Epilepsy Center, which will lead the study, “for one year the patients will be carefully monitored with seizure diaries and blood tests to measure the levels of the patients’ other seizure medications in order to learn about safety, dosage, effectiveness, and drug interactions.”


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