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

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 a clip from the programme here.

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.

  • rockstar
    Posted at 06:25h, 16 September Reply

    I was truly appauled by this man. As you stated his arguments were not even relevent to the issue. His analogies were sad and childlike. His speed limit analogy was so bad, speeding on roads first of all endangers other people. Thats why it is in place. There are a whole host of dangerous medicines that can be prescribed including countless opiates. We dont ban them and whip out an analogy about speeding. To then dismiss the report which consulted 20000 scientific papers as if it was some form of witchcraft was childlike again.

    Now i would have loved that segment to go on longer. They are always short and end abruptly with a bit of propaganda from the home office. I would have loved to see a proper lengthy debate on the issue to see where they get the nonsense from however given the short part i saw i can only have seen his points becoming more childlike. I honestly think if it went on any longer he would have just started repeating what he was being asked much like that annoying game nursery and primary school children play.

    Faye “why should i be made a criminal”
    Chip “why should i be made a criminal”
    Faye “are you just repeating what i’m saying?”
    Chip “are you just repeating what i’m saying?”

    Im not saying this is exactly how it was going but i think there was a decent chance it would have ended up like this of it carried on.

  • rusty
    Posted at 12:25h, 17 September Reply

    The man’s a fool…..that’s why he’s a government adviser! 2016 more like 1984.

  • Daniel
    Posted at 22:18h, 24 October Reply

    Chip is the most decent helpful therapist I have ever met. He’s a wealth of knowledge on addiction, he’s straight talking but with a warm balance of compassion and understanding. I will always grateful for his help and encouragement, he was a rock. He doesn’t deserved to be trolled with unfounded accusations for his views. Thank you.

    • Peter Reynolds
      Posted at 22:30h, 24 October Reply

      The views we expressed are not unfounded. They are expert opinion based on many years experience. Therefore they are not trolling. No one is all bad and no good but Mr Somers in his conduct in the cannabis debate is a source of misinformation and bad science.

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