drugs

Two polarised views of addiction, and the seemingly endless dispute between them, go way back. The ‘moral’ view, emerging from pre-industrial times, is that what we would now call addictive behaviour represents a free choice, similar to all the other apparently autonomous...

Classic psychedelics, such as LSD, psilocybin and DMT, lead to profound experiences, ego dissolution, feelings of compassion and connectedness to self, others and the universe, in addition to possessing hallucinogenic qualities. When used in conjunction with psychotherapy...

The relationship between musicians and substance abuse is not a shocking revelation. From Berlioz, through Beethoven to The Beatles, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse, there is a long and tragic lineage of artists falling foul of stimulant abuse. It’s often attributed to...

T2 Trainspotting has been one of the most anticipated sequels in the British film industry, not only because Trainspotting was considered a cult-classic, but because we wonder: how can it continue? We last saw Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) in 1996 betraying Spud (Ewen Bremner...

Say Why to Drugs (SWTD) is a fortnightly, fact-based, educational podcast discussing legal and illegal recreational drugs, dealing with the myths and realities surrounding one drug in each episode. It is created and presented by Dr Suzi Gage, a postdoctoral researcher in the...

After entering this huge maze of a conference to confusion and conflict, and then forging on in search of clarity and creativity,...

Marx referred to religion as the ‘opium of the people’, something that promised ‘illusory happiness’ by disguising the realities of the real world (Marx, 1843/1970). The analogy refers to the ability of opium to remove the cares of troubled and desperate people, but it also...

Mental health interventions are often compartmentalised into psychological and pharmacological approaches, and there has been much debate as to which is superior. Methodological differences make their efficacy difficult to compare, and...

The new Conservative government's legislation plans for the year were unveiled during the Queen's Speech to Parliament in May. Several of the bills involved psychological issues, including the Policing and...

A crowdfunding site set up to raise funds to complete research into the effects of LSD on the brain has attracted more than one thousand backers in less than a week. The site, set up by Professor David Nutt and his colleagues,...