CNN ‘Weed 4’ to Highlight…
CNN ‘Weed 4’ to Highlight Pharmaceutical Potential of Cannabis
Almost five years ago, a few months after GW Pharma (NASDAQ: GWPH) conducted its NASDAQ IPO, CNN shared a documentary narrated by its Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, “Weed”, which grabbed global headlines, along with his editorial ‘Why I changed my mind on weed’. Previously Dr. Gupta had been opposed to medical cannabis, suggesting that it had no value. He apologized for not having researched the topic better, explaining that his year of work on the documentary had opened his eyes after traveling around the world to interview growers, patients and experts.
Since Weed, which focused on the potential of CBD to treat seizures in children with rare forms of epilepsy, debuted in August 2013, CNN and Gupta have released two additional episodes, neither of which attracted quite the same attention. ‘Weed 2: Cannabis Madness’, which debuted in March 2014, looked at the politics involved U.S. federal laws. ‘Weed 3: The Marijuana Revolution’, which debuted on April 19, 2015, included conversations with President Obama, Dr. Sue Sisley and Rick Doblin and explored the stories of patients with conditions like PTSD and chronic pain.
After a three-year hiatus, Gupta returns with ‘Weed 4: Pot vs. Pills’, which will debut on Sunday April 29th. CNN released a special report this week detailing this episode, which will address the timely topic of opioid addiction and the potential for cannabis to help address it. The documentary includes an exclusive interview with NFL running back Mike James who suffered an injury in 2013 and became addicted to opioids subsequently. “Today, James is making history as the first player to file for a therapeutic use exemption for cannabis with the NFL.” Gupta also interviews experts in the fields of pain management and addiction research.
The timing of Gupta’s documentary is exceptional, especially as GW Pharma moved closer to getting its Epidiolex approved by the FDA as the first cannabis-derived pharmaceutical, receiving a unanimous decision from the thirteen-member panel at the Peripheral and Central Nervous System Drugs Advisory Committee, which met on April 19th to consider the safety and efficacy of the CBD-based product and pass along its conclusions to the FDA, which is expected to complete its review by late June. Many in federal government appear to be realizing the tremendous roadblocks to necessary research imposed by the Controlled Substances Act, and streamlining cannabis research is one of the regulatory aspects contemplated by the bill Senator Cory Gardner intends to introduce along with bipartisan sponsors including Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Rand Paul and Michael Bennet, according to The Cannabist.
Cannabis as a pharmaceutical is likely to be significant driver of investment over the next few years, fueled by public awareness and reduced barriers to research. Investors who watched the original Weed episode and decided to buy GW Pharma have surely reaped huge returns as the stock moved from $10.45 to the most recent close of $132.43 :CNN ‘Weed 4’ to Highlight… CNN ‘Weed 4’ to Highlight Pharmaceutical Potential of Cannabis Almost five years ago, a few months after GW Pharma (NASDAQ: GWPH) conducted its NASDAQ IPO, CNN
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(April 18, 2018) Politicians promise to lead the country out of the worst drug crisis in its history, but opioid abuse continues to kill Americans in record numbers. Are our leaders ignoring a lifesaving solution? Over 115 Americans die every day from opioid overdoses, more than those killed in car accidents, from breast cancer or even guns. Nearly 2.5 million Americans struggle with opioid addiction, and though controversial, some people believe a potentially lifesaving solution may lie in medical marijuana. In the fourth installment of his groundbreaking series, CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta takes an in-depth look at marijuana’s potential as both an alternative to opioids in treating pain and in ending opioid addiction. WEED 4: POT VERSUS PILLS will air on CNN, Sunday, April 29 th at 8pm ET.
In the special, Gupta meets pioneers in the field of pain management as well as addiction research who believe that marijuana is the next best hope for treating both. He also speaks with those who have struggled with addiction including an exclusive interview with NFL running back Mike James. In 2013 James suffered a devastating leg injury during a Monday night football game. He was given opioids after surgery to treat his pain, and months later he found himself addicted. Scared and worried, his wife suggested he try marijuana, a drug that is banned by the NFL and could cost any player their careers. Today, James is making history as the first player to file for a therapeutic use exemption for cannabis with the NFL.
Many states have begun to take steps toward cannabis as a possible alternative in stopping the opioid crisis that has crippled their areas. Gupta visits Maine where lawmakers and residents are committed to cannabis as a way to get people off opioids. He speaks with a woman who is opening a rehab center where she will use cannabis to wean patients off of opioids. He also talks with several state legislators who are working to change the laws and allow those addicted to have access to medical marijuana.
As the state of Maine looks to cannabis as a possible solution, many lawmakers, as well as Attorney General Jeff Sessions, continue to fight changing the scheduling of marijuana, which would allow for further access and research. Gupta delves into the history of how marijuana became a Schedule I drug, considered equal to heroin, LSD and ecstasy, while cocaine, methamphetamines, and many opioids including OxyContin, fentanyl, Dilaudid and Vicodin are Schedule II drugs. He talks to several advocates and critics about research behind their positions.
WEED 4: POT VS PILLS will stream live for subscribers on Sunday April 29th via CNNgo (at CNN.com/go and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Samsung Smart TV and Android TV) and on the CNN mobile apps for iOS and Android. The documentary will also be available the day after the broadcast premiere on demand via cable/satellite systems, CNNgo platforms and CNN mobile apps. Weed 1-3 is now also available for subscribers via CNNgo (at CNN.com/go and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Samsung Smart TV and Android TV) and on the CNN mobile apps for iOS and Android.
About CNN Special Reports CNN Special Reports is the award-winning, in-house documentary unit focusing on in-depth and investigative reporting of major issues and events and the powerful human-interest stories that reflect our times.(April 18, 2018) Politicians promise to lead the country out of the worst drug crisis in its history, but opioid abuse continues to kill Americans in record numbers. ]]>