The best marijuana documentariesSimone Loganathan
Medical marijuana has become more and more popular lately – mostly thanks to the medical benefits that this plant provides to patients with different kind of health problems.
Alzheimer, Parkinson, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, psychological conditions and many other medical problems are nowadays treated with medical marijuana products although cannabis is a schedule II drug according to US federal law, in contrast with the State law of states such as California or Colorado.
Despite this fact, there are many intellectuals, doctors and researchers that are dedicated to study the medical properties of marijuana in order to exploit the full potential of this natural plant.
According to a survey promoted by the New England Journal of Medicine in 2013, 76% of 1446 doctors voted in favor of marijuana use for medical purposes and according to a 2014 procon.org study, it is estimated that there were about 2.5 million medical marijuana users in the United States, of which about half million only in California.
Beside surveys and statistics, there are many famous individuals that have publicly confirmed their support of the use of cannabis for medical purposes: Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who made an extensive research and three documentaries for CNN; Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, who was the first researcher to study the medical properties of marijuana back in the 60s and was able to separate THC and CBD and thanks to whom Israel has invested more than any other country in the world to research the medical properties of marijuana.
These are only two out of many other famous individuals that support the use of marijuana in medicine: Dr. Lester Grinspoon, Barack Obama, Wanda James, Dan Rogers, Susan Sarandon, Bill Maher, Rick Perry, Bill O’Reilly…just to mention a few of them.
But how does marijuana actually help? What are the actual benefits? If so many doctors are favorable in treating patients with cannabis products, why is it still considered a Schedule II drug by federal law? When you think about it, these and so many more questions can arise and one of the best ways to get some answers and build your own opinion is watching documentaries.
We went through the web and searched for the best marijuana documentaries for you.
Enjoy and if you would like to suggest any documentary please do leave a comment below.
Here is the list:
Weed by Sanjay Gupta
The Culture High
The Scientist: Medical Marijuana
Marijuana in America: Colorado Pot Rush – CNBC
Marijuana Country: The Cannabis Boom (2015)
Clearing the Smoke: The Science of Cannabis
In Pot We Trust
Medical Marijuana, Is It Really Medicine?
Rick Simpson: The Politics of Cannabis