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How Drugs Work – Cannabis

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Well done to the BBC for its programme “How Drugs Work – Cannabis” tonight.  It was a well balanced and wide ranging examination of the subject.  Inevitably it looked at extreme cases and was sensational in parts but I thought it was fair.

I could pick at details.  It certainly didn’t provide any comparisons against other drugs.  It should have clarified how dramatically more dangerous is alcohol and with many fewer benefits but overall it was a good job, well done.

I am encouraged by this well produced treatment of the subject.  We may well be making progress!


Written by Peter Reynolds

January 6, 2011 at 11:25 pm

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  1. […] agree with Peter, quite a balanced documentary, for the […]

  2. I watched it and re-watched it to make sure I’d listened to what was said instead of just yelling “propaganda” at the TV.

    It was lazy journalism – plain lazy & factually incorrect.

    They rolled out all the typical steriotypes you would expect “Auntie” to find, the voice-over guy must work for the Daily Mail for his day job – I could have done better investigatve journalism myself & I only worked for a regional newspaper.

    The CGI was good but the script was filled with so many factual inaccuracies I just lost interest in what they were saying, it all sounded like a tabloid column being read for television.

    BBC3 in my book you get a “F” – should try a lot harder.

    So far the best & most balanced drugs documentry I’ve seen recently was “Our war on drugs” on channel 4.

    Q) Also If herbal skunk cannabis is so bad for you – what is Sativex made out of?

    A) Herbal skunk cannabis disolved in alcohol and converted into a spray (basically cannabis oil) – 5 years in jail for you and billions of pounds of profit for a large pharma company…

    I smell something smelly & it isn’t skunk!

    Mr Bimble

    January 10, 2011 at 9:49 pm

  3. I was hoping for a balanced view on the subject but as soon as they got the THC action in the brain so horribly wrong, it lost its credibility with me. “hijacking receptors like a herbal terrorist” what a pile of tosh that statement is. THC doesnt hijack receptors, it binds to the receptors it is “designed” to bind too, namely the CB1 (brain) & CB2 (immune system) receptors i.e. Cannabinoid Receptors; the clue is in the name! However I guess it would be too “scary” to tell the truth i.e. the human brain/body is designed/wired to except THC…

    ” I’m not addicted to cannabis, I’m just devoted to it” Terence Mckenna

    Lee Nunn

    January 11, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    • Thank you Lee. A beautiful quote that. I haven’t heard it before.

      Peter Reynolds

      January 11, 2011 at 3:37 pm

      • You are more than welcome Peter. Terence is full of wonderful quotes…

        “If the words ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’ don’t include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn’t worth the hemp it was written on.” Terence Mckenna

        Lee Nunn

        January 11, 2011 at 3:52 pm

      • Oh and forgot to add, for anyone interested

        A Multidisciplinary Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness

        April 2 & 3rd 2011

        Lee Nunn

        January 11, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    • I like that, I have smoked the herb for 30 years and I am a succesfull healthy happy father of 3, oh yeah and I don’t drink (booze) its nasty and a sure way to an early grave or being a right fat git at the best. LOL


      January 30, 2011 at 6:01 pm

  4. A Police forum, read what some of the speacials thought about this program:


    January 12, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    • search the site using the keyword “Cannabis” theres some “interesting” threads well worth a read.


      January 12, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    • Really valuable information. Thank you mFuk.

      Peter Reynolds

      January 12, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    • Interesting forum, it appears the police are of trhe same mind set about legalisation.


      January 30, 2011 at 6:07 pm

  5. I thought the programme was generally very good, fair minded and mostly backed up by factual stuff provided by experts from Imperial College. The fact that programmes like this, with it’s particular slant are now being made means progress is being made towards a more open and intelligent discussion on drugs in general, which may even lead to law changes. If we want the politicians to open up to honest informed debate I feel programmes like this will help that cause.

    Jonathan Hearn

    January 13, 2011 at 3:46 pm

  6. Update – This documentary was made by for both the BBC & National Geographic, we have all seen the BBC’s Version …. Heres a preview of the National Geographic’s version

    How Drugs Work : Marijuana

    ./begin rant
    Shame on you BBC ! you butched what could have been a fantastic documentary & heres the proof, I’m searching now trying to find the full NatGeo version, I guess its not fair to comment entill I’ve watched the NatGeo version but judging by the preview it allready looks brillient & imo will embarress the bbc & spokesman of the properganda meachine that is “Rickie Haywood-Williams”.
    ./end rant


    January 16, 2011 at 4:34 pm

  7. Looks like the tabloids have read this thread as I’ve been quoted in the daily fail.

    Mr Bimble

    January 28, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    • Looks like the redtop rags are feeling rattled. As sure a sign as any of good work being done!


      January 28, 2011 at 8:57 pm

  8. I thought this program was one of the funniest things I’ve seen in years. In almost every scene the narration was just all Wrong. Narrative: “Cannabis is like a herbal terrorist that hijacks the mind”. Scene: a group of young lads taking a peaceful walk in the woods. Terrorism? Just think of all the mischief they could have been getting up to if they werent out getting stoned looking at nature.

    I can’t wait for the “How Drugs Work” on alcohol (do the BBC regard alcohol as a drug?). All those unwanted pregnancies, domestic and street violence, public urination and talking like a cave man (or woman). And then the boasting that they cant remember a thing the next day… Oh happy days…

    PS: The law’s got to change… Or maybe the law makers?

    PPS: The one on cigarrettes will be interesting. Come on BBC…

    little green man

    January 28, 2011 at 7:12 pm

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  10. I thought it was informative and interesting. Also, there are two more programmes by BBC on “How Drugs Work”, one talks about ecstasy and the other cocaine. I believe you can watch them either online or find a torrent.


    January 1, 2012 at 10:12 pm

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