2019: A year of expansion in psychedelic research, industry, and deregulation

Public and scientific interest into psychedelic drugs has grown steadily over much of the last two decades, before an exponential increase in recent years. We contend that 2019, in particular, involved myriad notable changes in the science, industry, and deregulation of psychedelic drugs. However, it is becoming increasingly difficult for professionals to keep up-to-date on  …


Improved colour blindness symptoms associated with recreational psychedelic use

It is well documented that psychedelic drugs can have a profound effect on colour perception. After previous research involving psychedelic drug ingestion, several participants had written to the authors describing how symptoms of their colour blindness had improved. The Global Drugs Survey runs the world’s largest annual online drug survey. In the Global Drugs Survey  …


Medical cannabis in the UK: From principle to practice

Read the full paper here (open access) Drug Science submits it’s finding concerning the UK Medical cannabis industry. In our recent peer-reviewed publication, Drug Science examines the current barriers to prescribing medical cannabis; ethical issues that arise from that process and we present our recommendations for best practice within this space. In the UK, medical  …


Twenty21 is now live

About Project Twenty21 Project Twenty21 is a registry aiming to monitor the health outcomes of 20,000 patients using cannabis based medicinal products (CBMPs), creating the largest body of evidence in Europe for the safety and efficacy of CBMPs. Drug Science hope that the findings of Project Twenty21 will provide evidence for NHS funding where the  …

Parliamentary briefing on tackling the misuse of Nitrous Oxide

This Parliamentary briefing has been prepared by DrugScience, The Global Drug Survey, Release and Transform Drug Policy Foundation.   Recreational use of nitrous oxide Nitrous oxide is a gas that was discovered in the late 1800s by UK scientists Priestley and Davy, the latter being President of the Royal Society. At the time nitrous oxide  …


The Unintended Consequences of Prohibitionist Policies - Mephedrone

Mephedrone is the common name for 4-methylmethcathinone. This is a synthetic derivative of cathinone, first synthesized in 1929, and largely forgotten until the early 2000s when Israeli scientists working for an insecticide company started experimenting with cathinones as octopamine analogues to disrupt the brain activity of aphids so make them less damaging to plants. Mephedrone  …


UK General Election 2019 - Political party positions on drugs

With the 2019 general election fast approaching, a lot of media coverage will focus on each party’s Brexit policies. Drug Science would like to offer a different perspective, what do the six highest polling parties promise to do to address the UK’s failing drug policy. This is what each party has publicly announced relating to  …


Medical cannabis in the UK: From principle to practice

Read the full paper here (open access) Drug Science submits it’s finding concerning the UK Medical cannabis industry. In our recent peer-reviewed publication, Drug Science examines the current barriers to prescribing medical cannabis; ethical issues that arise from that process and we present our recommendations for best practice within this space. In the UK, medical  …


Statement on the dangers posed by e-cigarettes

Drug Science stands by its e-cigarette analysis from 2014, any way of radically reducing the death toll from tobacco would be a worldwide public health triumph. e-cigarettes are not the solution to end the ever-increasing death toll caused by tobacco. However, they have proven to be an incredibly effective tool for tens of thousands of  …


First safety study of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in patients with alcohol use disorder

Read the full paper here (open access) We present the preliminary data in the Bristol-Imperial MDMA-for-Alcoholism (BIMA) study, an ongoing open-label safety and tolerability proof of concept study exploring the potential role for 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)-assisted psychotherapy in treating patients with alcohol use disorder (AUD). At this stage, eleven participants have completed the full 8-week MDMA-assisted  …


Khat and alcohol harm comparison

As the khat ban approached, DrugScience commissioned a review of khat harms, following the detailed and rigorous report from the UK Government Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs earlier that year. DrugScience's review provided independent corroboration of the ACMD’s findings that the harms of khat cannot justify a ban and that community measures should  …

Project Twenty21 – Scientific Oversight Board

Project Twenty21 is committed to scientific excellence and the development of independent scientific evidence. It is supported by a scientific oversight board, consisting of the following expertise: Professor David Nutt DM, FRCP, FRCPSYCH, FSB, FMEDSCI. Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London. Professor Eileen Joyce MA, PhD, MB BChir, MRCP, FRCPsych Professor of Neuropsychiatry at  …


Addiction: from basic neuroscience to clinical treatments

This blog piece is a book chapter written by David Nutt from a book on addiction, targeted at Sixth Form and secondary school students What is addiction? Addiction is a behavioural pattern that certain people experience as a result of taking part in certain activities such as gambling or taking some drugs. Addiction, particularly to  …