We've got better at managing the health risks of traditional drugs of abuse, but novel psychoactive substances, or 'legal highs', are a dangerous unknown.
Psychedelic drugs have inspired great songs and works of art. But they may also have potential for treating disease like depression and PTSD by helping to regrow damaged regions of the brain.
Young people have reported cultural gains from drug use, such as strengthening social ties and gaining access to social networks.
A new study among gay and bisexual men living with HIV found those who were occasional or regular users of party drugs reported significantly better social outcomes than non-users.
A small number of people, who probably use other party drugs, use ketamine recreationally.
At higher doses ketamine is used to induce a trance-like state, sedate people with burns or other traumatic injuries, or as an anaesthetic to perform short operations.
LSD causes euphoria, increased body temperature and hallucinations where some or all of the senses are distorted.
During the 1950s and 1960s, LSD was used more for psychotherapy than recreation. Between 1950 and 1965, many were treated with LSD for alcoholism, depression, schizophrenia, autism and homosexuality.
Ketamine crystals could help depression, too.
Ketamine may be the latest recreational drug to find a new legal use.
Ketamine may play a role in preventing suicide and lifting the mood of severely depressed patients, according to a new study…
Younger Chinese revellers are seeking new highs.
The close of 2013 saw a drugs bust of cinematic proportions in China. Part of Operation Thunder, more than 3,000 armed police with a cavalry of helicopters, motorboats and police dogs busted the village…
Except for medical reasons or if you’re a horse.
The Justified Sinner
Sometimes it seems you’ve only got to turn around and there is another drug in the news. Now we are told that ketamine should be upgraded from being a Class C drug to a Class B drug. Why does this matter…