Dr. David Nutt on what the first brain imaging study of humans on LSD reveals about mental health and human consciousness.
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The study of psychedelics is “bringing psychotherapy and medicine together,” says David Nutt, a neuropsychopharmacologist at Imperial College London and a co-author of the first imaging study looking at the effects of LSD on the human brain. “Drug-assisted psychotherapy is going to be the great advance in the [field in the] next 20 years.”
In 2009, Nutt was fired from his job as a drug adviser to the British government after he made comments about ecstasy and other illegal drugs being less dangerous than alcohol and even horseback riding.
Reason’s Zach Weissmueller sat down with Nutt at the Psychedelic Science 2017 conference in Oakland to talk about the results of his groundbreaking imaging study, what he learned about drug policy while working as a science adviser for the English government, and what he sees for the future of psychedelics and mental health treatment.
Produced by Zach Weissmueller
Camera by Alex Manning. Additional graphics by Meredith Bragg.
Music by Sergey Cheremisinov.