To the editor: I was shocked by how little research seemed to inform the article, “With marijuana legal, California flooded with dubious health claims about the drug.”
First, because marijuana remains a federal Schedule I drug, research is severely restricted. However, there has been extensive research done in Europe and Israel. This research has shown multiple health benefits for those who take cannabidiol, or CBD, and a combination of CBD and THC, the main psychoactive ingredient of marijuana.
In fact, Dr. Sanjay Gupta did a show on CNN about the benefits of CBD, with specific focus on how it helped children with seizure disorders. Dr. Allan Frankel of Santa Monica, who was interviewed on that show, has done substantial research in Israel on marijuana.