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Chip Somers, Drug Therapist Charlatan. Ignorant? A Liar? Or Both?

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It takes a lot to get me angry these days about attitudes towards cannabis.  Many people are simply misinformed and are themselves victims of a relentless propaganda campaign by governments and the gutter press.  Today though I watched the Victoria Derbyshire show on catch up from last Tuesday, the day that Parliament published published its report on medicinal cannabis.  In the studio were CLEAR member Lara Smith, UPA member Faye Adams and Chip Somers, described as a ‘government advisor’, was on Skype from his home in Hampstead.

You can watch the programme on BBC iPlayer here.  The segment runs from 1:22:09 to 1:33.58.

Now this is the BBC, which is always pro status quo and has a dreadful record on inaccurate reporting about cannabis.  It’s also the Victoria Derbyshire show, which is a long way from serious news and is more like a cross between Jeremy Kyle and Woman’s Hour – but give them credit for covering the issue

You can’t blame people who have been misinformed and whose prejudice is deeply ingrained from years of brainwashing.  This applies to many MPs, journalists, even doctors and scientists.  Remember, the endocannabinoid system. one of the most important physiological systems, isn’t even taught in UK medical schools, so ignorance is widespread, even amongst those you would expect to be well informed.

Chip Somers

Chip Somers

There can be no excuse for this mendacious and wicked man, Chip Somers, though.  He is, you will remember, the addiction therapist who grandstanded over his work with Russell Brand a couple of years ago.  He advocates the total abstinence route to recovery which has been so eagerly embraced by the judgmental puritans at the Home Office and has led directly to the highest ever rate of drug overdose deaths, only released last week.   Is the man simply a complete fool or is he deliberately dishonest?  I think it has to be both.  No one with the experience he claims could be so stupid.  For some reason: misplaced morality, corrupt influence of money, government pressure, self-promotion of his therapy business – he is engaged in deception.

I’m not going to analyse every one of his miserable words.  Watch him for yourself but prepare to be appalled. Suffice to say that his only tactic was to argue against medicinal use with ‘dangers’ that apply only to recreational use by children – a transparent disinformation strategy.  He was also nothing less than abusive to Faye’s and Lara’s testimony and his dismissal of Professor Mike Barnes’ evidence review, which analyses 20,000 scientific papers, was just laughable.

Chip Somers is a liar, a charlatan, a confidence trickster and a deceiver.  If only some such donkey of a faux therapist would seek recourse in the courts for such descriptions of him. Then we would have the opportunity to prove that he is a man of bad character and evil motivation.

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  1. I watched the show Peter and totally concur with you. What an idiot. In the face of contradictory evidence he smiled patronisingly. He gave nothing to the programme or himself. Even if medical cannabis is made ‘sort of’ legal though, we will still be way behind the rest of the world !

    Tony Bevington

    September 15, 2016 at 6:11 pm

  2. Keeping us as criminals………..thanks beeb


    September 16, 2016 at 6:57 am

  3. I’m afraid that as far as the UK is concerned, even if it’s made legal for medical reasons, the other users will remain criminal for a long time yet. Flying in the face of International actions and decisions that prove how retrogressive and backward we are. Lets face it in all aspects this Government and those before do not like to be pushed into making decisions that show them to be wrong and ill informed.

    Tony Bevington

    September 16, 2016 at 8:13 am

  4. Chip somers is the nicest man I have ever met and not only did he help Russell Brand, he saved my life and thousands of other addicts. He is well respected in the rooms of narcotics anonymous and he lives in thousands of addicts hearts. Not a day goes past when I am not grateful for what he has done for members. He carry strap a message of hope and recovery to the still suffering.

    He is by no means a charlatan or a fool.


    November 9, 2016 at 9:36 pm

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