Monday 18 December 2017

Jon Snow: 'How I got stoned on skunk'

Channel 4 news presenter Jon Snow
Channel 4 news presenter Jon Snow

David Kearns

Channel 4 news presenter Jon Snow said he was more frightened while stoned on skunk cannabis than he ever was in any war zone.

The 67-year-old veteran presenter, who has broadcast from many conflicts around the world in the course of his career, has written a candid account of being a "guinea pig" for a new Channel 4 special 'Drugs Live: Cannabis'.

As part of a government-approved trial, Snow consumed two balloons of skunk cannabis in vapour form. Five minutes later, he loses all control.

In a blog post on the Channel 4 website, Snow reveals what was going through his head after he took “street strong skunk” as part of the television experiment.

Snow, who has been open about his drug use in the past, explained that he was given two balloons of the drug and by the time he was stoned felt “totally bereft”.

"I felt as if my soul had been wrenched from my body. There was no one in my world. I felt I had lost all control and had only the vaguest awareness of who I was and what on earth I was doing," he said.

"I cascaded into a very, very, dark place, the darkest mental place I have ever been. I was frightened, paranoid, and felt physically and mentally wrapped in a dense blanket of fog. I lost all sense that I was being filmed."

After coming down from his high after about four hours, Snow explained that he felt a sense of euphoria and celebrated by drawing a “pastoral scene on an old box that was lying around in the lab”.

He leaves the post with one important warning for everyone: “This is a dangerous, horrible substance.”

Drugs Live: Cannabis is to be broadcast on 3 March.

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