Insightful reads written by Drug Science founder, Professor David Nutt. All proceeds contribute to the work of Drug Science.

Nutt Uncut

Drugs Without
the Hot Air

Brain & Mind
Made Simple

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Brain & Mind
Made Simple

Most people know David Nutt as the UK’s sacked Drug Czare – ‘kicked out’ for speaking truth to power i.e. that UK policy on drugs and alcohol was not fit for purpose, driven by politics not science. But in a life outside politics Nutt is an acedemic, psychiatrist, and researcher who studies the brain to help understand how it goes awry in mental and neurological problems.

A few years ago, before Covid, he started giving public lectures explaining how the brain works and how alterations of the mind can occur as a result of changes in brain function. They were extremely popular with lots of questions. So he decided to write-up the lectures in this book for the general public, and anyone else with an interest in the field, especially university students of psychology, medicine, and neuroscience.

Nutt Uncut

David Nutt regularly hit the headlines as the UK’s forthright Drugs Czar (Chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs), not least when fired by the Home Secretary in 2009 for his ‘inconvenient’ views. In Nutt Uncut he explains how he survived ill-judged political and media vilification to establish the respected charity Drug Science, with the aim of telling the truth about drugs.

The book describes his life, distinguished career and scientific achievements, including his research into the human brain and the effects that both lawful and criminally illegal substances (including psychedelics) have on the brain and behaviour. It also catalogues with expert precision the risks of harm to drug users and others of a range of well-known drugs.

Surveying the state of medical knowledge around various currently prohibited substances – from hard drugs to LSD, cannabis, ecstasy, magic mushrooms and poppers – Professor Nutt ranks their potential harms and benefits (e.g. in treating anxiety, depression or pain) leading him to challenge the distorted logic of a blanket ban on anything psychoactive except alcohol, tobacco and caffeine.

Nutt Uncut contains far, far more about the usually hidden world of drugs, their use, abuse and role as a political bargaining counter – making It of interest not just to the many experts and others who already support the author’s campaign for a frank, evidence-based approach to drugs but also anyone who wishes to learn about what he describes in Chapter 11 as ‘more policy madness.’

Drugs Without the Hot Air

The dangers of illegal drugs are well known and rarely disputed, but how harmful are alcohol and tobacco by comparison? What are we missing by banning medical research into magic mushrooms, LSD and cannabis? Can they be sources of valuable treatments?

The second edition of Drugs Without the Hot Air looks at the science to allow anyone to make rational decisions based on objective evidence, asking:

  • What is addiction? Is there an addictive personality?
  • What is the role of cannabis in treating epilepsy?
  • How harmful is vaping?
  • How can psychedelics treat depression?
  • Where is the opioid crisis taking us?