70. The Placebo Effect with Andrew Gold

  This week’s episode features Andrew Gold of the On the Edge with Andrew Gold podcast. Andrew Gold is a journalist and TV presenter who lived in 6 countries, producing documentaries on bizarre and controversial subcultures. His documentaries range from the award-winning Exorcism: The Battle for Young Minds to stories on hunted UFOs. Join us  …


69. Amphetamine, Heroin and Cocaine with Prof Aldo Badiani

  This week’s episode features Professor Aldo Badiani who is Professor of Pharmacology at the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology of Sapienza University of Rome (Italy). Professor Badiani received his doctoral degree in Medicine and Surgery from Sapienza University of Rome and carried out post-doctoral research in Italy (CNR), Canada (CSBN), and USA (University of  …


68. Bipolar, Schizophrenia and Depression with Prof Allan Young

  Tune in to this week’s podcast to hear the exceptional scholar’s perspective on the future of the science and treatment of mood disorders which vastly burden our society. Professor Allan Young is a psychopharmacologist and the Director of the Centre for Affective Disorders in the Department of Psychological Medicine in the Institute of Psychiatry,  …


66. Benzos, Dope and Tranq with Manisha Krishnan

This week’s podcast is featuring Manisha Krishnan, senior editor at VICE News reporting on subjects such as racism, drug policy, sexual violence against women, and guns. Coming from Canada, home to one of the most progressive drug addiction services in the world, Manisha was reporting for VICE News in their new documentary ‘Beyond Fentanyl’ which  …


65. Addiction, Rats and Nazi Germany with Professor Bruce Alexander

 This week’s episode features Professor Bruce Alexander, a psychologist and professor emeritus from Vancouver, BC, Canada, author of two books about addiction: Peaceful Measures: Canada’s Way Out of the War on Drugs and The Globalization of Addiction: A Study in Poverty of the Spirit. Professor Alexander conducted a series of experiments into drug addiction known as the  …


64. Autism with Melanie Sykes

This week’s episode features English television and radio presenter, and model Melanie Sykes. Melanie is an advocate for medical cannabis use for childhood epilepsy and other chronic conditions. In 2021 she became an Ambassador in Medcan Support – a non-profit community interest company who provide free resources and educational material on medical cannabis, the endocannabinoid  …


63. Indigenous Wisdom with Mark Plotkin

 This week’s episode features yet another great speaker at the ESPD55 conference Mark Plotkin, an ethnobotanist, advocate for tropical forest conservation and the host of Plants of the Gods podcast. Following research at Harvard under Richard Evans Schultes and years of working in a close relationship with the native communities of Amazonia, Mark with  …


62. Blood of the cocaine war with Wade Davis

Anthropological Ethnobotanist – Wade Davis educates Dave about the true culture of a country known for its drug cartels and cocaine trafficking – Colombia. Wade Davis is a Canadian cultural anthropologist, ethnobotanist, author, and photographer. Davis came to prominence with his 1985 best-selling book The Serpent and the Rainbow about the ‘zombies of Haiti’. He  …


61. Ethnopharmacology Part 2 with Dr Dennis McKenna

 Tune in to this week’s episode to find out about the true significance of ethnopharmacology and a conference organised by Dennis that you’ll be able to stream online very soon! Who is Dr Dennis McKenna? Dennis Jon McKenna is an American ethnopharmacologist, research pharmacognosist, lecturer and author. He received his doctorate in botanical sciences  …


57. British vs US Drug Policy with Ethan Nadelmann

 Who is Ethan Nadelmann?   Ethan Nadelmann studied at Harvard University and London School of Economics and was a lecturer at Princeton University. While at Princeton, Nadelmann’s work focused on drug policy, attracting considerable attention with his articles in Science, Foreign Affairs, National Review and many others. He also formed the Princeton Working Group on the Future  …


56. Microdosing with James Fadiman

 Who is James Fadiman? James Fadiman is a true man of many talents. Wikipedia calls him an ‘American writer’, but actually, he’s worked in multiple fields, from psychology, through to IT and, finally, to psychedelic research. He studied Psychology at Harvard University and obtained a PhD from Stanford University. As a graduate student at Stanford,  …


55. Right to Try Psychedelic Therapy with Spencer Hawkswell

 Access to Psilocybin-Assisted Psychotherapy This week’s episode features Spencer Hawkswell the CEO of TheraPsil – a non-profit coalition dedicated to helping Canadians in medical need access legal, psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy to treat end-of-life distress.  Spencer believes that responsible drug policy requires effective organization and leadership and is dedicated to bringing together the experts and advocates,  …


54. Ketamine with Paul Glue

Ketamine This week’s episode features Paul Glue, professor of Psychiatry at the Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, New Zealand. With a vast experience in both academia and pharmaceutical industry, Paul Glue’s research focuses on clinical and basic science to investigate the pharmacology of drug treatments in psychiatry and the disease mechanisms of neurological  …


53. Moral Panic with Cory Doctorow

  Moral Panic    This week’s episode is as interesting and multi-disciplinary as its guest – Cory Doctorow – himself. Political activist, blogger, journalist, computer scientist and writer joins professor Nutt in conversation about Big data and Big problems of today’s world. Cory Doctorow is a Canadian-British citizen of Eastern European Jewish descent and, frankly,  …


52. Drug Laws with Niamh Eastwood

Drug and the law Are drug laws just a political tool? Should we embrace the fact that drugs bring pleasure? In this week’s episode, we speak to Niamh Eastwood – CEO of the legal charity ‘Release‘ about the UK’s drug laws. Niamh Eastwood is the executive director of Release, the national centre offering legal services  …


#51 Music and Psychedelics with Dr Mendel Kaelen

 Have you ever felt moved by a song? Have had music affect your mood? For many of us music has a therapeutic quality to it. So what about combining that with psychedelics? In this week’s episode we’ll meet Dr Mendel Kaelen, CEO of Wavepaths, a London-based company researching and developing methods for music-assisted psychotherapy.  …


#50 Labour Drug Policy with Dan Carden MP

 In this week’s episode, Dan Carden and Professor David Nutt will be discussing how we can change the way we deal with problematic alcohol use for the better. Why is alcohol consumption so normalised despite being far more dangerous than multiple illegal drugs? Why don’t we talk more openly about the harms from alcohol?  …


#49 - Medical Cannabis in the UK with Prof Mike Barnes

 Professor Nutt and Professor Barnes will be talking about medical cannabis. Should our future doctors obtain proper education on how to use botanical medicines? Should we change the way we think about drugs and treatments? Tune into this week’s episode to find out!   Who is Prof Mike Barnes? Professor Mike Barnes is a  …


#48 - Liberal Democrat Drug Policy with Norman Baker

 Tune in to this week’s episode to learn more about his interesting insights into UK politics and especially to UK’s drug policies.   Who is Norman Baker? Norman Baker, described by our host, professor Nutt, as “the first and last truly honest politician” is a Liberal Democrat and former MP for Lewes in East  …


#47 - Psychedelic Research in Australia with Dr Margaret Ross

 Have a listen to this week’s episode in which Professor Nutt and Dr Ross talk about the land of Golden Wattle – a DMT-rich plant – fighting for its Drug policies being based on Science. Who is Dr Margaret Ross? Dr Margaret Ross is a Senior Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist from Melbourne, Australia and  …


#46 - Human Behaviour with Dame Theresa Marteau

 Who is Dame Theresa Marteau? Theresa Marteau is a British health psychologist, professor, and director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit at the University of Cambridge. Her initial research concerned communicating risk information and found out that people usually don’t change their behaviours despite receiving any form of information about preventable diseases like  …


#45 - MDMA and LSD Therapy with Peter Gasser

 Today’s episode features Dr Peter Gasser, the president of the Swiss Medical Society for Psycholytic Therapy.  Professor Nutt and Dr Gasser talk about the rather unusual and innovative attitude to psychedelic research in Switzerland.   How can Britain learn from the Swiss? What are the drug policies in the Albert Hofmann’s – the discoverer of LSD –  …


#44 - Ibogaine with Deborah Mash

 This week on the Drug Science podcast, Professor Deborah Mash tells us about Ibogaine. A hallucinogenic compound derived from the roots of a West African shrub, sometimes used as a treatment for heroin or cocaine addiction. Professor Mash found herself trying to reverse the damage that cocaine had caused on the streets of Miami,  …


#43 - Mind-altering Plants with Michael Pollan

 In this episode of the Drug Science Podcast, world-renowned journalist and psychedelics author Michael Pollan joins Prof David Nutt to discuss gardening. Of course, this being the Drug Science podcast, there’s no mention of sunflowers or strawberries. Instead, these two icons of psychopharmacology discuss the cultivation of mind-altering plants and everything else you might  …


#42 - Alternatives to Prohibition with Dr Sheila Vakharia and Prof Alex Stevens

 This week’s episode features Doctor Sheila Vakharia and Professor Alex Stevens, together with Professor Nutt they will be talking about decriminalization and drug policies in the US and the UK. Has both countries’ drug policies arisen from colonialism and social class hierarchy? What are the consequences of the policies that can be witnessed today?  …


#41 - MDMA and Couples Counselling

 This week’s episode features “The Mithoefers” – Annie and Michael Mithoefer – the pioneers of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy. Michael Mithoefer, MD is a Clinical Investigator and acting Medical Director of MAPS Public Benefit Corporation. Together with his wife Annie, they completed the first phase 2 clinical trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD in 2009 and  …


#40 - Recovery from the SAS with Ollie Ollerton

 Today’s episode features Ollie Ollerton, a former UK Special Forces soldier and directing staff (DS) of Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins. Mr Ollerton has always been involved in the social cause, serving in the army as well as supporting multiple charities. Thanks to the publicity from SAS: Who Dares Wins he has been, among  …


#39 - Underground Psychotherapy

 How can you study yourself and deal with the problems buried deep inside of you? In this week’s episode, Dr Meckel Fischer and Professor Nutt hope to answer these puzzling questions!   Who is Friederike Meckel Fischer?  Friederike Meckel Fischer is a German psychotherapist who also trained as a medical doctor. Her career involved  …


#38 - Drug Markets

 This week’s episode features British Academy Global Professor Julia Buxton. Her research focuses on illicit drug markets and the impact of counter-narcotics policies on development, gender equality and security. In her career she’s led projects and worked with multiple universities around the world including the Central European University in Budapest. Outside of Europe, she  …


#37 - Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)

 This week’s episode features Richard ‘Rick’ Doblin, who is the founder and director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) – a non-profit research organisation he established in 1986. Somewhere between getting an undergraduate degree in psychology and a doctorate in public policy, Rick, having had discovered psychedelics, began his fight against unjustified  …