Top US doctor admits marijuana is better than Big Pharma solutions for some ailments

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Dr. Oz publicly acknowledges that marijuana has a place in healthcare

The 62-year-old talk show host Dr. Oz, whose real name is Mehmet Cengiz Oz, rose to fame as a frequent guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show beginning in 2004. There, he gave medical advice to guests and eventually became popular enough to launch his own show. The Dr. Oz Show remains a staple of daytime television to this day. Now, the expert has touched on an increasingly popular topic: marijuana. In his view, the plant offers safer solutions than Big Pharma’s prescription drugs.

While Dr. Oz has criticized many in the US Senate for their support of marijuana legalization, he admitted that the drug has many medicinal benefits. On a personal level, Dr. Oz said he is in full agreement that marijuana should be used for medical purposes, noting that it is a “safer solution” compared to certain prescription drugs such as opioids.

The former TV health personality was part of an interview with Fox News last week. Among the topics discussed was the judgment against Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman. According to Dr. Oz, the official seeks to legalize all drugs but at the same time does not provide sufficient statements on issues that he believes are more important to Pennsylvanians.

Dr. Oz made it clear that a couple of years ago, he called marijuana “one of the least used tools in the US,” saying the plant is safer than alcohol. While he disagrees with Fetterman’s position, he says he fully agrees that marijuana should be used for medical purposes, especially for the elderly. Statements from an expert like Dr. Oz speak volumes about how far the marijuana issue has come.