Professor David Nutt is a British neuropsychopharmacologist whom has been one of my academic inspirations since learning about his work and reading his book Drugs Without the Hot Air: Minimising the Harms of Legal and Illegal Drugs a few years ago.
In layman’s terms, Professor Nutt studies how drugs affect the mind through his academic background in neuroscience - the scientific study of the human nervous system.
This past Sunday, Professor Nutt had an interesting interview with Brian Rose from London Real in which he discussed “his current struggle to conduct a clinical trial on the effects of the psychedelic psilocybin on depression, how Amy Winehouse’s death could have been used as a public example of the dangers of alcohol, and his frustration with current laws regarding cannabis.”
Nutt gives us great insight on some of the major issues related to the War on Drugs in both the United Kingdom and the United States, and elaborates on them with his expansive knowledge on the subject matter from a scientific viewpoint.
Below is his interview - while noting it is an hour and twenty minutes long, it is worth every second for those interested in current drug policy and the role that science should have in determining laws, related to both legal and illegal substances.
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