Saturday 16 December 2017

'My mother is going to be delighted' - Vogue Williams to take LSD-like 'legal high' for new RTE doc

Vogue Williams
Vogue Williams

Eugene Masterson

Vogue Williams will take designer drugs live on camera as part of an experiment for a documentary to be shown on RTE.

She will present a new four-part series, called Vogue Williams on the Edge, for RE in the autumn, with the first show focusing on recreational drugs.

Vogue (30) told the Sunday World that she will take LSD or a similar lawfully obtained substance under medical supervision for her series.

LSD, also known as acid, is a psychedelic drug known for its psychological effects, which include altered thinking, hallucinations, synaesthesia, an altered sense of time, and spiritual experiences.

"I'm terrified, it's not something I've ever done before," she told the newspaper on Saturday night.

"It was never my thing, but we are going to do it for the show as we are looking at addiction - my mother is going to be delighted I'm sure."

The other three shows will feature transgender people, trolls on social media, and body dysmorphia, which will highlight gym addicts and over-exercising.

But it's the sight of her taking mind altering drugs that's sure to cause a storm.

Channel 4 came under fire in the UK last year when they screened broadcasters such as Jon Snow and Jennie Bond taking 'skunk' for a programme.

Snow (67), who was given a brain scan after trying the drug, said: "I've worked in war zones, but I've never been as overwhelmingly frightened as I was when I was in the MRI scanner after taking skunk.  I would never do it again."

Critics and experts accused Channel 4 of turning Drugs Live: Cannabis on Trial into little more than a stunt designed to boost ratings.

Each participant had tests including a brain scan, while changes to their mood,memories and emotions were monitored.

Professor David Nutt, who was sacked as the British government's drugs tsar in 2009 for saying cannabis is less harmful than alcohol and nicotine, appeared as an expert.

Mary Brett, chairman of campaign group Cannabis Skunk Sense said, "Skunk is a dreadful drug and it is very irresponsible to have a show with such biased experts.  It will be a platform for Professor Nutt to peddle what he thinks about drugs to an audience of young people."

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