Supervised Injecting in Ireland

On 10th February 2017 Ireland moved one step closer towards the government’s stated policy of dealing with drug use as a health issue and not a criminal justice one, as the ‘Misuse of Drugs Act (Supervised Injecting Facilities) Bill 2017’ was published. When enacted, the Bill will provide a legal framework under which supervised injecting … Continued

Pulling The Wool From Our Eyes

Volteface launched ‘Black Sheep: An Investigation into Existing Support for Problematic Cannabis Use’ on the 7th of February.  Dr Will Haydock spoke on the panel at the launch event – here are his reflections: My background as an academic is really in alcohol policy, where I’ve always been frustrated by the adversarial relationship between ‘the industry’ and … Continued

LSD Brainwave and Sound Art Hackathon

Since the 60s the prohibition of drugs has stifled scientists ability to research the potential benefits of mind altering drugs such as LSD. The stigma attached to researching the drugs makes it challenging to get grants and expensive to conduct the research as the drugs need to be made bespoke for the trials. In 2014 … Continued

Call for Volunteers: Do You Smoke Cigarettes Everyday?

Researchers from the UCL Clinical Psychopharmacology Unit are seeking daily cigarette smokers to take part in a study investigating the effects of Cannabidiol (CBD) on nicotine withdrawal. The study involves one hour and a half session where you smoke as normal and two sessions of about four hours where you’ll be asked not to smoke for twelve hours before the sessions. … Continued

Fumbling Around in the Dark

In preparation for the release of Volteface’s investigation into existing support for problematic cannabis use, we contacted a leading substance practitioner for a candid interview on the opportunities and challenges in the field. Here is what they had to say: Volteface: What is your role as a practitioner? To protect my identity, I have to be … Continued

Irish Government Report Makes Medicinal Cannabis Recommendations

The Oireachtas Health Committee has recommended that the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) ensure improved access to medicinal cannabis products. In a report, published this month, the Houses of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health has evaluated medicinal cannabinoids, and, with medicinal cannabis legalisation imminent in the Republic of Ireland, made a range of expert recommendations. … Continued

The Molecular Hug

Two studies released this week in the reputable scientific journals Cell and Current Biology have shed more light on how LSD works in the brain, taking us a step closer to the ideal designer psychedelic. The typical LSD experience can last over 12 hours, which many people consider a downside. If you want to have … Continued