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'Reading your Diaries was like reading my own story. My mother read them too, and for the first time ever she said she hadn t realised what it must have been like for me...'
When Debra Bell's oldest son, William, started smoking marijuana at school aged 14,the family were only moderately concerned. This was a harmless, non-addictive recreational drug, they believed - nothing like as problematic as alcohol. But then William's personality began to change. From being a bright, ambitious sport-loving boy he gradually transformed into a liar and a thief who truanted from school and could see no further ahead than the next fix.
Health professionals assured Debra that these changes could not be caused by marijuana - there must be something else going on. Thus began the lonely struggle to understand what was happening to William and to share that understanding with other families - both those who were suffering without support in the same way, and those who wanted to avoid the descent into addiction and possible psychosis.
The Cannabis Diaries, based on the online diary that Debra kept from December 2006, record a seminal year in her family's battle to hold together and help William without damaging their younger sons. Anybody going through a similar experience will empathise and find comfort in the shared experience and the knowledge that marijuana really can have these effects - it is not just bad parenting.
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Debra Bell is a freelance journalist. She lives in London with her husband, who is a criminal barrister, and their three sons. She set up the website, Talking About Cannabis, in December 2006, where she published the online diary on which this book is based. She began her career as a presenter and journalist on BBC Radio, moving later into print journalism as a feature writer, but now devotes herself full time to raising awareness about the potentially damaging effects of cannabis on the young.
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