His LSD brain imaging experiment carried out with the Beckley/Imperial Research Programme was hailed as the discovery of 2016, more groundbreaking even than gravitational waves. On the 28th September join us at Second Home for a fascinating evening of discussion with Dr. David Nutt, the man heralding a psychedelic renaissance.
Last year we spoke to Dr. Nutt, an Imperial College London neuropsychopharmacologist, on how in recent years he has fought to revive the area of research into psychedelic drugs, which was largely abandoned after the stigma that became attached to LSD in the 1960s. The drug was first synthesised by Swiss pharmacologist Albert Hoffman in 1938, who sparked a wave of experimentation and research after espousing the phenomenally lucid experience he encountered with the drug. After its introduction as a commercial medication in the US in 1947, a generation of LSD advocates associated and promoted the drug as a means for personal transformation and social change, led by powerful figures such as the psychologist Timothy Leary, owner of the famous ‘Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out’ phrase. The movement gained such widespread momentum that the US government saw it as a radical threat to society, hence the drug’s prohibition.
But Dr. David Nutt and a host of other researchers are now looking at the drug in a new light. Nutt is currently experimenting with psychoactive substances such as LSD and psilocybin as a curative response to mental health disorders. Facing lingering wariness amongst policy makers and medical professionals alike, Nutt is a crusader fighting for a new approach; “You cannot say that LSD fries your brain because we’ve shown that if anything it makes your brain work better”.
LSD & Our Brain: Dr. David Nutt, Thursday 28th September 7.30pm – 9pm, Second Home, 68-80 Hanbury Street, London, E1 5JL