The consumption of homegrown cannabis has risen sharply over the past decade.
The drug-fuelled sexual practices of some gay men have increasingly become a matter of heated public debate – but there are problems with the way it is presented.
Changing drugs laws can have some very unexpected consequences.
Drugs, new materials and even more creative uses: biodiversity is full of potential.
Drugs, coffee, television – they can all be described as 'addictive'. But when do they become a problem?
Some advertising content bypasses regulations to promote unrealistic beliefs about drugs.
Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm told parliament that of the $1.5 billion spent annually on drug law enforcement, 70% is attributable to cannabis. Are those numbers correct?
Western commentators tend to see ISIS and al-Qaida attacks as fueled by ideology. But in Africa, such attacks are more often turf wars in the illicit drug trade.
A 400-year-old poem offers yet more evidence to suggest that William Shakespeare may have found at least some of his inspiration in cannabis.
The government's blanket ban on psychoactive substances is all over the place.
By not only "outing" himself as a poppers user but emphasising their necessity, the Conservative MP for Reigate took a bold step.
The hyperbole used to describe the dangers of new drugs can be counterproductive. Rather than containing their spread, the media can act as advertisers for emerging substances.
This project offers the tantalising possibility that plants containing drugs, such as agents to treat HIV, could be farmed on a small scale at low cost by communities that need them most.
Clinton, who named drug companies among her enemies in this week's debate, is pushing populist-inspired policies that could hamper the flow of new medicines.
Some people are incapable of swallowing tablets because of physical or psychological reasons. What should they do when the doctor prescribes a drug that comes in tablet form?
Both Netflix's Narcos and the documentary Cartel Land fall into the trap of sensationalising violence and in doing so horribly simplify the story.
Recent events in Mexico's drug war could easily have been depicted in Don Winslow's twin novels The Power of the Dog and The Cartel. Drug war capitalism is, at times, stranger than fiction.
Psychedelia is too often dismissed as a product of the decade and the drugs, but the phenomenon has a far richer history than that of the swinging 60s.
The off-label use of medicines is not illegal and it doesn't mean regulators have specifically "disapproved" its use. But there are a number of issues to consider before using a medicine off-label.
The way you take a drug affects how much of it gets to your brain, and how rapidly drug levels rise and fall.