A Doctor From St. John’s Just Had a 3 Hour Pot Debate on Joe Rogan’s Podcast

St. John’s, Newfoundland’s Dr. Michael Hart, a cannabis physician and director of a medical cannabis clinic in London, Ontario, appeared as a guest on the February 13th episode of the Joe Rogan Experience to debate Alex Berenson on his new book, Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence. Berenson is a novelist and former reporter for The New York Times, and his latest work argues an association between marijuana, psychosis, and violence.

Dr. Michael Hart began his studies in nutritional biochemistry at Memorial University in St. John’s before obtaining his medical degree at Saba School of Medicine in the Netherlands, and completing his residency at the University of Western Ontario Schulich School of Medicine in 2012. Dr. Hart is the founder and medical director of ReadyToGo, a Cannabinoid Medicine and Family Medicine clinic in London, Ontario. In 2018, Dr. Hart co-authored Friendly Fire: Why Vets Are Ditching Pills and Lighting Up to Treat PTSD.

Being one of the most popular podcast’s in the world, the Joe Rogan Experience is perhaps the biggest platform for Dr. Hart and Berenson’s dispute on the issue of medicinal cannabis. Staying true to the show’s signature long form format, the contest between Dr. Hart, Berenson and Rogan stretches almost 3 hours in length and hits on a variety of cannabis related topics. With a common focus on cannabis misuse and the effects on youth users, Berenson’s hotly contested correlations between cannabis use and legalization with violent crime, suicide, the opioid epidemic, and detrimental effects on mental health are the central points brought up for debate.

“We need to make sure people are informed and get the entire picture,” Dr. Mike Hart said in challenging Berenson’s research. “Does your book have some truth in it? Yes it does. Does it tell the whole truth? Absolutely not.”

Standing by his advocacy for medicinal cannabis as an experienced clinician, Dr. Mike Hart highlights his confidence in cannabis as a viable and effective treatment in cases of PTSD, as well as the preventative qualities and treatment for prostate cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, chronic head injuries and more.

You can watch and listen to the full three hour conversation here.


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