Move over Willie Nelson, there's a new strain in town.
Boulder's Helping Hands Herbals dispensary, 1021 Pearl St., is now carrying a variety of medical marijuana named for CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
The "Gupta Kush," is a strain of cannabis that Helping Hands named in honor of the renowned neurosurgeon and cable news personality after earlier this month he reversed his long-held beliefs on the subject and publicly supported exploring the medicinal benefits of marijuana.
Gupta wrote an editorial for Time magazine in 2009 about why he would not support medical marijuana research, but after spending the last year working on a documentary on the subject, he changed his mind.
"(Marijuana) doesn't have a high potential for abuse, and there are very legitimate medical applications," Gupta wrote in an article posted to CNN.com on Aug. 8. "In fact, sometimes marijuana is the only thing that works."
"Our take is, 'We told you,'" Helping Hands marketing director Daniel Taras said. "But for the folks that are uninitiated, having someone with (Gupta's) level of his prestige and position coming out and saying 'I support the use of medical marijuana,' really lends a lot of credibility in the mainstream consciousness."
Gupta, whose was previously considered for the post of U.S. surgeon general, joins a select group of celebrities and public figures with cannabis strains named after them, including President Barack Obama and rapper Snoop Dogg.
Helping Hands carries a hybrid version of a strain named for country music singer-songwriter and famed marijuana enthusiast, Willie Nelson, Taras said.
The Gupta Kush fits its name, Taras said, because it is an indica strain that is naturally higher in cannabidiol, or CBD, a compound highlighted in Gupta's recent CNN documentary 'Weed' for its medical effects.
Taras said the 100 percent organically-grown Gupta Kush should help patients sooth body aches, relieve anxiety, increase appetite, and relax their mind without making them feel cloudy.