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Cannabis: The Evil Weed? 

Cannabis is the world's favourite drug, but also one of the least understood. Can cannabis cause schizophrenia? Is it addictive? Can it lead you on to harder drugs? Or is it simply a herb, ... See full summary »

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Annabel Gillings
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Episode credited cast:
John Marsden John Marsden ... Himself - Presenter (as Dr John Marsden)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zerrin Atakan Zerrin Atakan ... Herself (as Dr Zerrin Atakan)
Maurice Elphick Maurice Elphick ... Himself (as Prof Maurice Elphick)
Cathy Fernandes Cathy Fernandes ... Herself (as Dr Cathy Fernandes)
Dave Floyd Dave Floyd ... Himself
Paul Floyd Paul Floyd ... Himself
Sheila Floyd Sheila Floyd ... Herself
Allan Frankel Allan Frankel ... Himself (as Allan Frankel MD)
Steven Goldberg Steven Goldberg ... Himself (as Dr Steven Goldberg)
Tom Robinson Tom Robinson ... Himself
Philip Robson Philip Robson ... Himself (as Dr Philip Robson)
Kanat Sarsenbaev Kanat Sarsenbaev ... Himself (as Prof Kanat Sarsenbaev)
Allison Stanley Allison Stanley ... Herself
Garth Terry Garth Terry ... Himself
Stuart Warwick Stuart Warwick ... Himself
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Cannabis is the world's favourite drug, but also one of the least understood. Can cannabis cause schizophrenia? Is it addictive? Can it lead you on to harder drugs? Or is it simply a herb, an undervalued medicine? Addiction specialist Dr John Marsden discovers that modern science is finally beginning to find answers to these questions. John traces the cannabis plants' birthplace in Kazakhstan; finds the origins of our sensitivity to cannabis in the simple sea squirt; and finds out just what it does to our brains. He meets people who have been changed by this drug in drastically different ways - from those whose lives have been shattered to those who lives have been revived. Written by Anonymous

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3 February 2009 (UK) See more »

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Clearly biased, more like propaganda than documentary
4 November 2017 | by WildBullWriterSee all my reviews

I thought I'd watch this "documentary" (though in truth it hardly qualifies for that label) to learn a bit about marijuana and why it is the world's most popular drug (if you discount alcohol and tobacco as drugs). The presenter says he is a psychologist and pretends to have a neutral view of cannabis, but you can clearly detect a bias on his part. In fact, early on he says he has tried marijuana and didn't like it, that it made him "thick" (dull, stupid). Much of what is presented is anecdotal. One young man says cannabis makes him feel wonderful, another says it gives him suicidal thoughts. There's really not much information in the show. In the end, the presenter gives the standard line of "the jury is still out" on whether cannabis is dangerous or not, and again one hears the subtextual warning: "Don't use this drug." Very disappointing, all in all. More propaganda than documentary.


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