This article is an open letter from a San Diego physician to CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta about his conclusion that medical marijuana can be beneficial.
Dear Dr. Gupta:
I invite you to visit my emergency department or any one in California or Colorado before advocating marijuana and its medicinal use. The volume of emergency department visits in San Diego related to marijuana has increased 830 percent from 2006 to 2014.
Marijuana is made up of many chemicals; some are psychoactive like THC and some are not. It is important to distinguish between the two when discussing treatment options, especially for people who have pre-existing mental health issues.