Tuesday, June 16, 2009
The Cannabis and Tobacco Education Initiative.
My British friend James Langton, author of No Need For Weed, who maintains the excellent web site Clearhead for people with marijuana abuse problems, has launched a new site called Smoke Alarm.
The new venture is a non-profit company dedicated to the proposition of “offering credible information to the estimated 3 million people who regularly smoke tobacco joints here in the UK. We do this by directly educating through schools and colleges as well as indirectly through tobacco cessation professionals, drug agencies, and youth services.”
James Langton is in a unique position to help smokers in Europe, where the preferred drug delivery method for nicotine and marijuana is a joint of marijuana and tobacco rolled together—a smoking method that has never really caught on in the U.S. This preference for combining the two smokes into a “tobacco joint” creates “a powerfully addictive carcinogenic cocktail,” Langton writes on the new site. “Cannabis and tobacco are intimately connected and although the science of nicotine addiction is well understood, much less is known about how to help cannabis smokers with the psychological and physiological aspects of their dependency, and how the two substances interrelate to compound the difficulties in quitting either or both, together or separately.”
Langton’s book, No Need For Weed: Understanding and Breaking Cannabis Dependency, published by Hindsight Press, chronicles the author’s 30 years of experience as an addicted marijuana smoker, and explores the thoughts and difficulties of others who have suffered various degrees of marijuana dependency (See my support site on Marijuana Withdrawal).
“Cannabis continues to be an extremely popular drug with young people in the United Kingdom, and the fact that 44% of fifteen and sixteen year olds admitted to using the drug at some point in their lives when questioned for the 2008 United Nations International Narcotics Control Board report should not come as a surprise,” Langton writes. “Many young cannabis smokers do not consider themselves to be nicotine addicted simply because they mix their cannabis with tobacco. However, it's when the supply of cannabis is curtailed or they make an attempt to quit the drug that the nicotine pull gains dominance. This dynamic can set up a life-time nicotine cannabis relationship that remains one of the hardest for adult drug users to break.”
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