#7 - Ethnopharmacology

Professor David Nutt begins season two of the Drug Science Podcast by taking a deep dive into entheogenic plants with a legend of the psychedelic renaissance – Dennis McKenna. Dennis deliberates on his life’s work, ethnobotany, innovation within psychedelic industry, the therapeutic potential of DMT and the indigenous use of ayahuasca. Dennis McKenna’s research has  …


Law on psychedelic drugs blocks vital medical research

Professor David Nutt’s recent comment in ‘The Times‘ addresses how the ‘Law on psychedelic drugs blocks vital medical research‘. In the 1950s, psychedelics­ — LSD and psilocybin (magic mushrooms) in particular — were seen as the great breakthrough in psychiatry, offering effective treatments for hitherto untreatable disorders. For 15 years, while they were the subject  …


Underground MDMA-, LSD- and 2-CB-assisted individual and group psychotherapy in Zurich: Outcomes, implications and commentary

Underground psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy has persisted in Europe despite the banning of the substances LSD and MDMA in the 1960s and 1980s, respectively. This article describes the work of a Zurich-based psychotherapist providing individual and group psycholytic psychotherapy, whose practice persisted for several years before she was arrested in 2009. The article provides commentary on the  …