The Drug Science Podcast

In this episode, Professr Valerie Curran, discusses the psychological effects of drugs that act on the human brain. 

Valerie Curren holds the position of Professorial Fellow in the Neuroscience of Addiction and Mental Health Program at ACU's Healthy Brain and Mind Research Centre. She has an esteemed background as an Emeritus Professor of Psychopharmacology at University College London (UCL), having established the UCL Clinical Psychopharmacology Unit in 1996. Furthermore, she is a founding member of the charity Drug Science and serves as an advisor to the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Drug Policy Reform.

Tune in to learn about her latest research into the short- and long-term effects of psychoactive drugs on mental health, cognition, memory and the brain as well as how CBD combined with psychological therapy may aid the treatment of cannabis use disorder.








MDMA midweek blues paper – in journal Addiction (mid 90s) 

Inappropriate benzodiazepine use in elderly patients and its reduction 

Combined and individual effects of CBD and THC on memory

David Nutt and Psilocybin in Australia  

Cannabis potency

CBD treating clinical psychosis

CBD in treating cannabis use disorder

Project 2021

Medical cannabis reducing opiate use

Jon snow takes cannabis 

Endocannabinoid system

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What is The Drug Science Podcast?

Professor David Nutt has spent a career making the argument for a rational, evidence-based approach to drug policy and drug use. The scientific evidence still challenges perceived wisdom on drugs and for that reason can appear to be contentious. In this podcast, the Professor explores the actual harms and potential benefits of various drugs, challenging myths surrounding classification and legislation, and exploring the societal impact of poorly informed drug policy. Using evidence in public policy should not be controversial. A podcast for anyone interested in understanding the scientific truth about drugs, free from political or moral concern.