March 10th, 2014
09:44 AM ET

Dr. Gupta on Prescription Painkillers vs. Medical Marijuana

We hear a lot about the down side of prescription painkillers, right?  And it's a trade off, the easing of pain against the danger of addiction or even overdose. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta says for many patients there's another good yet equally controversial option: medical marijuana.

Dr. Gupta told Chris Cuomo on "New Day" Monday: "Ninety-four percent of the studies in this country that I reviewed looked specifically for harm, not for benefit. So you get a distorted picture and that's part of the problem, but I think that starts to have an impact on the way people actually think about this substance as well. Very different than in other countries. You have a medication out there right now to help treat MS for example, very tough thing to treat, its approved in 25 countries Chris, not the United States."

If you want to learn more about this issue, see Dr. Gupta's take here and watch"Weed 2: Cannabis Madness."

It premieres Tuesday, March 11, at 10pm Eastern on CNN.

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  1. Rachelle Dulany

    I'm a single mom of three boys, i have cerebral palsy, epilepsy.... ive been smoking mariquana for a long time and before i smoked i was having a lot of seizures and I've notice the change in ny seizures but i would love to try the medical that is legal to have... please give me some advice or help.... thanks

    March 11, 2014 at 10:38 pm | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Hello, Rachelle,

      For more information on medical marijuana, please visit

      Thank you,
      Lola / CNN VCM

      March 12, 2014 at 7:02 am | Reply
  2. Fire

    Remember when they use to call the pills "Tranquillizers"? Basically it's the same dope the Dr. writes that prescription for. Marijuana on the other hand can be grown in your back yard. Money, it's all about money. Who care if you live or die. It's all about who can cash in on your bank account. The government has no right to tell you what you can raise or grow in your back yard. Want chickens, you better check with your local and state laws 1st or they can and will drop in on you, arrest you, fine you and take away your chickens, and as for Roosters, don't go there. Just keep thinking, the government is smarter and wiser than me, the government is smarter and wiser than me. Now your getting the picture.

    March 11, 2014 at 11:05 am | Reply
  3. claygooding

    Last year the NIDA authorized a KY based pharmaceutical company to produce a hash oil tincture skin patch to be tested as a "withdrawel" treatment for alcoholics and opiate addicts.
    I suppose the contradiction of claiming marijuana is a gateway drug and an exit drug has not been "fixed" yet,,no further reports have been issued.

    March 10, 2014 at 1:04 pm | Reply

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