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Ayahuasca Research with Dr Simon Ruffell

What Is Ayahuasca? The word ayahuasca is derived from the phrase “vine of the dead”, or “vine of the soul” in Quechuan languages – succinctly capturing its mystical and spiritual role in South American cultures. Ayahuasca is a psychedelic plant brew composed of two primary ingredients: 1) Banisteriopsis caapi and 2) Psychotria viridis. N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT),  …


Ask the experts: Psilocybin and MDMA Research

In this webinar, two of the world’s leading psychedelic research experts; Dr Ben Sessa and Dr Meg Spriggs, answer questions on the therapeutic applications of MDMA and psilocybin!   Who is Dr Ben Sessa? Dr Ben Sessa is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist who has worked with young people and adults in the field  …


Are Psychedelics Legal in the Netherlands?

Psychedelic drugs in the Netherlands In the Netherlands, it’s not difficult to find a shop selling psychedelic drugs – magic truffles, cacti, 5-Meo-DMT, iboga, and the like are all widely available at ‘smart shops’. Retreat centers are also accessible within the country, where individuals can pay to trip in a safe environment, and undergo therapy  …


The Future of Psychedelics

What does the future of psychedelics look like? In this Drug Science webinar, Sarah Hashkes, breaks down the key factors which will influence the future of psychedelics.   Why do psychedelics have so much potential and what does it have to do with ‘predictive coding’? “Predictive coding” refers to the brain function theory where the  …


Addiction, Trauma and Ayahuasca - The Patient Perspective

In this Drug Science webinar, we learn how ayahuasca may be helpful in the treatment of addiction, trauma, and anger issues from addiction recovery coach Mark Drax, who describes the efficacy of ayahuasca to treat sex addiction. From the age of 3, Mark Drax’ childhood was riddled with physical abuse both in his home and  …


The Future of Festivals

In this webinar, we discuss how festivals can be improved as they return from their 2020 hiatus. Drug use at festivals is unsurprisingly high, and always has been, but organisers are often battling against drug policy in their efforts to improve the safety of festival-goers with harm reduction techniques such as drug testing and psy-care.  …


Legalising Psychedelics

There is no defined road to legalising psychedelics, but there are many options available. Ismail Lourido Ali, of MAPS, discusses the important nuances in this Drug Science webinar on expanding access to psychedelics. Due to the recent progress of medical cannabis legalisation, many expect psychedelics to follow a similar path of medical legalisation, followed by  …


Women in Psychedelic Science - Part 4

This is the full recording of our 4th Women in Psychedelic Science event, hosted in June. Featuring experts working at the cutting edge of psychedelic science and in related fieldwork. Psychedelic medicine: from lab findings to therapeutic applications Dr Kim Kuypers Kim PC Kuypers (PhD) is affiliated as an Associate Professor with Maastricht University, Faculty  …


Psilocybin for OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)

Could psilocybin be used for the treatment of OCD? Psilocybin is currently being researched as a treatment for OCD by Drug Science founder, Prof David Nutt, at the Centre for Psychedelic Research. In this Drug Science webinar, Dr Nick Sireau provides an overview of OCD and the new research being launched into psilocybin as a  …


Drug Consumption Rooms

Drug Consumption Rooms (DCRs), also known as Supervised/Safe Injection Facilities (SIFs), or Overdose Prevention Centres (OPCs), provide safe environments for people to consume controlled drugs under the supervision of trained professionals who can save lives if medical emergencies such as overdoses take place. These facilities can be a powerful harm reduction strategy when implemented correctly.  …


Interview with David Nutt and Jan Ramaekers

Prof David Nutt and Prof Jan Ramaekers discuss some of the biggest questions in Drug Science in this interview for the European Behavioral Pharmacology Society. They first discuss psychedelics in the treatment of depression, in light of the recent results comparing psilocybin to one of the most commonly prescribed antidepressants. They then address concerns that liberal  …


The World's Biggest Placebo-Controlled Microdosing Study

In this Drug Science webinar, Dr Balázs Szigeti explains the current science of microdosing as he presents the results from his self-blinded microdosing research, the largest placebo-controlled microdosing study in the world! Dr Szigeti also explains how participants created their microdoses with a placebo control as part of the revolutionary methodology he developed to reduce  …


Psychedelics and the Brain - In My Professional Opinion

In this Drug Science webinar, expert Neuropsychopharmacologist Professor David Nutt explains how psychedelic drugs such as psilocybin, LSD, DMT, and ayahuasca work in the human brain, and the applications for the treatment of mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and addiction. Prof Nutt outlines the history of psychedelic research, starting in the early 20th  …


Psychedelics and Nature Connection - In My Professional Opinion

There appears to be a growing disconnection between humans and their natural environments which has been linked to poor mental health and ecological destruction. Research shows that psychedelic usage is associated with enduring increases in nature connectedness. What makes psychedelics such as psilocybin promising agents for enhancing nature connectedness, and what are the potential implications  …


Ethical Implications of Psychedelics

The use of therapy assisted by psychedelics like psilocybin looks set to change the face of mental health care. But evidence from clinical trials suggests that it also changes patients in ways quite different to those seen following traditional treatment. In this Drug Science webinar, part of the inaugural Student Psychedelic Conference, Eddie Jacobs introduces  …


Building a Career in Drug Science

After hearing feedback about challenges finding career opportunities from the Drug Science Student Society, this webinar provides insight into the careers available in the industries of psychedelics, cannabis, and addiction treatment. With speakers including healthcare workers and both industry and research executives, this webinar will help you find a career working with drugs. With more than  …


Psychological Support in Psilocybin Therapy - In My Professional Opinion

What is the role of psychological support in psychedelic treatments? In this webinar, Dr Sara Tai will explain why it is essential that psychedelic drugs such as psilocybin are administered in conjunction with psychotherapy. In such treatments, psychotherapy is primarily delivered at three distinct phases: Preparation for the psychedelic experience Guiding the psychedelic experience Integration  …


Psilocybin for Anorexia Nervosa

In this webinar, Dr Meg Spriggs explains the potential of psilocybin to treat anorexia nervosa, and offers valuable insights from the clinical trial investigating this application at the Centre for Psychedelic Research. Eating disorders are a complex mental health issue with few effective pharmaceutical treatments available. Meg provides an introductory background to some of the  …


Psilocybin Therapy for Depression - Clinical Insights

After the release of the first comparison of psilocybin with an SSRI antidepressant, Michelle Baker Jones & Leonie Schneider explain what psilocybin therapy for depression involves. Leonie was a patient of Michelle in psilodep 1, and together they provide insight into psilocybin therapy from the perspective of both therapist and patient. Michelle Baker Jones is  …