September 2, 2019

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Marijuana, Mental Health, and Eliminating Stigma

Dr. Sanjay Gupta is a multiple Emmy-award winning chief medical correspondent for CNN and a practicing neurosurgeon. This week, he sits down with Alyssa to discuss his career, why he changed his mind on the benefits of cannabis, how to eliminate the stigma of mental health, and the impact of deregulation.

Alyssa and Dr. Gupta talk about the potential for cannabis to aid in the opioid epidemic, what the media needs to do better when it comes to covering mental health, why we don’t pay enough attention to our water systems, and so much more.


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This episode is brought to you by The New Yorker and Four Sigmatic.

Sources for audio clips

Dr. Sanjay Gupta on how alcohol affects memory | CBS Sunday Morning

Why Dr. Sanjay Gupta Is Talking About Medical Marijuana Again | DoctorOz

Dr. Sanjay Gupta Prescribes Fake Laughter For Long Life - CONAN on TBS

Stress is killing us: Dr. Sanjay Gupta diagnoses the cause—and cures—in HBO doc | Salon

How Alzheimer's destroys the brain | CNN

Dr. Sanjay Gupta on how alcohol affects memory | CBS Sunday Morning

How listenting to music helps your brain | CNN

Can a mental illness make someone violent? | CBS News

Mental Health: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Media Sell the Mentally Ill as Violent Criminals. Truth Is, They’re Not. | Big Think

Study of 81,000 Adults Examines Mental Illness, Gun Violence and Suicide | Duke Health

Report: Marijuana on track to be legalized by the end of the year | CBS News

CBS News poll: Support for legal marijuana use up to 65 percent | CBS News

Impact of marijuana industry 5 years after legalization in Colorado | CBS News

Michigan becomes first state in Midwest to allow recreational pot | CBS This Morning

Thousands wait hours to buy legal pot in Massachusetts | CBS This Morning

Nevada becomes fifth state to legalize recreational marijuana | CBS Evening News

Illinois House passes bill to legalize recreational marijuana | WGN News

Alaska's first legal marijuana shop opens to the public in Valdez | Anchorage Daily News

More than 100 people are dying from the opioid crisis every day 

Today, 191 people will die from a drug overdose.

@SeminoleSO Sheriff Dennis Lemma told me more than 80 people in Seminole County died last year from opioid-related overdoses — twice as many deaths than car crashes & shootings combined. | @news6justin

"A Toxic Tale: Trump's Environmental Impact." | @drsanjaygupta

Medical Cannabis Could Help Solve Opioid Epidemic

Show Credits

Host: Alyssa Milano
Executive Producers: Alyssa Milano, Sim Sarna
Supervising Producer: Allison Bresnick
Editor: Josh Windisch
Music by: Josh Cooke & Eleisha Eagle