Marijuana legalization quietly goes global

In Chile, the private and personal use of cannabis has been decriminalized since 2005. By 2016, the Chilean congress had approved a bill allowing locals to grow small amounts for medical, recreational, or spiritual use.. It has been spreading globally, as far back as 1976, with countries like the Netherlands and Portugal experimenting with decriminalization and teaching the world a lesson on…


Less fear: How LSD affects the brain

*Values are reported in such a way that the lower the number is, the higher affinity the structure has for the receptor. This means that the LOW values on the graph are the relevant information NOT the taller bars. Researchers at the University Psychiatric Clinics (UPK) and the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the…


Microdosing: the people taking LSD with their breakfast

At 28, he is living with quite severe mental health problems – “depression and anxiety as a result of childhood trauma, that led to borderline personality disorder and PTSD”. He says the prescription medication he has been given results in more side-effects than benefits. “I’ve found that these substances, psychedelics, give me the benefits without…


Tripping out: the highs and lows of psychedelic therapy

‘The strongest evidence is currently for addiction, then depression and anxiety, followed by moderate evidence for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD),’ says Professor David Nutt, a psychiatrist and neuropsychopharmacologist I speak to for advice, and who has pioneered the research. ‘In a study we published in The Lancet, one dose of psilocybin, found in magic mushrooms,…


Drugs : The intelligence war

The War on Drugs hollows out the criminal justice system, and it creates an atmosphere of fear amongst whole communities, overwhelmingly poor communities. Police are becoming more detached from the people who live in communities. ​ The vast majority of the use of informants is not for conventional investigation however. It is for drugs offences.…