Clearing the Smoke: The Science of Cannabis
Montana PBS's new documentary, "Clearing the Smoke: The Science of Cannabis," looks beyond the controversies surrounding Medical Marijuana programs and instead, investigates the science. The hour-long program reveals how the plant's chemical compounds act on the brain and the body to potentially treat a myriad of difficult conditions and diseases. Personal stories of relief from pain, nausea and epileptic seizures frame a scientific discussion of both the therapeutic potential and the very real side effects of cannabis as a medicine. The documentary details the government restrictions and financial difficulties of doing research on the plant, but it also highlights the legitimate work being done by scientists across the nation, including one South Carolina researcher who is uncovering its potential to treat auto-immune diseases and certain types of cancer. Interviews include Dr. Igor Grant, Director of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at UC San Diego and Kansas Physician Dr. Eric Voth, longtime medical marijuana critic and Drug Policy Advisor to Presidents Reagan, Bush senior, Clinton and Bush Junior.