“Stoned – A Doctor’s Case For Medical Marijuana”

Dr. David Casarett

Episode 41: Dr. David Casarett, Palliative Care Physician at Duke Medical Center

No substance on earth is as hotly debated as marijuana. Opponents claim it’s dangerous, addictive, carcinogenic, and a gateway to serious drug abuse. Fans claim it as a wonder drug, treating cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, glaucoma, arthritis, migraines, PTSD, and insomnia. Patients suffering from these conditions need and deserve hard facts based on medical evidence, not hysteria and superstition.

In his latest book, Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana, palliative care physician Dr. David Casarett sets out to do anything—including experimenting on himself—to find evidence of marijuana’s medical potential. He smears mysterious marijuana paste on his legs and samples pot wine. He poses as a patient
at a seedy California clinic and takes lessons from an artisanal hash maker. In conversations with researchers, doctors, and patients around the world he learns how marijuana works—and doesn’t—in the real world.