From Posturing To Principled Policy

  Saturday 12th March – It feels like the first day of spring in York today. After a recent cold snap, the Sun is now shining in a cloudless eggshell sky, raising the temperature to a seasonably pleasant 15 degrees Celsius. Around the York Barbican, the old city walls are sprinkled with cheerful yellow daffodils, … Continued

Ibogaine Experience?

  Have you ever had an experience with ibogaine, the psychedelic substance now being investigated for its potential in treating addiction? Researchers from the International Centre Ethnobotanical Education, Research and Service (ICEERS) and the Global Ibogaine Therapy Alliance (GITA) have been in touch with us regarding an interesting new study they are undertaking: We are searching for … Continued

[Event] ILLEGAL! Magazine UK Launches Tonight

  Barely a week has passed since we launched our own first print issue here at VolteFace, and there is already a new kid on the block. The first UK edition of ILLEGAL! Magazine launches tonight, and we welcome the addition of another fresh and exciting voice to the UK debate on drugs. The mission statement … Continued

Thank You For Coming, We’re Only Just Getting Started

  Last night saw the launch of our first print issue at the stunning new Waterstones on Tottenham Court Road. The downstairs bar marks a welcome evolution to the bookshop template, and the book-lined walls created a wonderfully intimate, almost homely feel to the celebrations. Evolution seemed to be the theme of the evening, as … Continued

The Psychedelic Paradox

Ask anyone who has ever tried LSD, and they will tell you that ‘paradoxical’ is a fitting descriptor of its effects. Seeing, feeling and thinking seemingly impossible scenarios are the characteristic symptoms of this and other psychedelic drugs. On initial reading then, the title of a new study, The Paradoxical Psychological Effects of Lysergic Acid … Continued

Liberal Democrats To Call For Legal Regulation of Cannabis

Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, has today announced his support for a motion being tabled at the party’s spring conference in March, that calls for the legal regulation of both recreational and medical cannabis. As The Guardian reports, Farron also criticised the war on drugs, describing it as ‘over’: “The Liberal Democrats will … Continued

The World Needs a New Deal on Drugs

  Nick Clegg and Bohuslav Sobotka, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, have stated that the need for a new approach to international drug policy is as vital as a climate change accord, in a compelling article in last week’s Observer. Highlighting the futility of the current UN position, they point out that in 1998 Kofi … Continued