High, Functioning…

“They lie about marijuana. Tell you pot-smoking makes you unmotivated. Lie! When you’re high, you can do everything you normally do just as well — you just realise that it’s not worth the fucking effort. There is a difference.” – Bill Hicks The relationship between cannabis and motivation is, on the face of it, seemingly … Continued

[Event] The Legal Regulation of Psychedelics

In the US, cannabis is now legal in 8 states. In Europe, cannabis is openly sold in Dutch ‘coffee shops’, Spanish members’ clubs and Copenhagen’s Christiania. Couple this with support for legalisation from both the Lib Dems and Greens, and recent favourable polling on the topic, and it seems a regulated UK cannabis market may … Continued

[Watch] Is MDMA Psychiatry’s Antibiotic?

The discovery of antibiotics revolutionised modern medicine during the 20th Century. Dr Ben Sessa, paediatric and addictions psychiatrist makes the case that its unique combination of attributes mean MDMA could be just as revolutionary in the field of psychiatry in his recent TEDx talk at the University of Bristol. In Ben’s fascinating talk, he illustrates … Continued

High Hopes

With the introduction of the Psychoactive Substances Act today, our Policy Editor takes a close look at the possible outcomes, and posits what alternatives the UK, and others, should be considering in this long read. It is done. It is now illegal to sell, make, import or export all but a few explicitly exempted psychoactive substances. While it … Continued

Whirlwind Reform This Most Definitely Is Not

Peter Dunne MP, New Zealand Minister for Internal Affairs – and long running voice of reason in New Zealand’s debates on drug policy – provided new hope of progress for the country’s tortured reforms Yesterday. Giving the keynote speech at a satellite event of the 10th annual conference of the ISSDP: Regulating Drug Use: Beyond Prohibition and Legalisation in … Continued

Rise of Legal Highs Reflected in Police Statistics

There has been a dramatic year-on-year rise in incidents involving legal highs, according to police figures obtained by the BBC through freedom of information requests. The figures detail incidents reported by 23 of the the 39 police forces in England, from antisocial behaviour through to criminal activity, in which various names of legal highs were mentioned, such … Continued