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Anxiety and Problematic Substance Use

Anxiety and Problematic Substance Use

This is the second in a series of articles looking at psychosocial functioning and problematic substance use. The first article looked at depression. [...] Read more

Depression and Problematic Substance Use

Depression and Problematic Substance Use

This is the first in a series of articles looking at the relationship between psychosocial functioning and problematic substance use. Research [...] Read more

ITEP and CEST

ITEP and CEST

This is the first in a series of articles about the International Treatment Effectiveness Programme (ITEP), the Client Evaluation of Self and [...] Read more

'Skunk' causes psychosis, Ibuprofen causes headaches

'Skunk' causes psychosis, Ibuprofen causes headaches

An article by Gage et al. (2016) that I read recently, 'Assessing causality in associations between cannabis use and schizophrenia risk: a two-sample [...] Read more

What's in a name? Why Soma?

What's in a name? Why Soma?

Soma (Sanskrit सोम sóma), or Haoma (Avestan), from Proto-Indo-Iranian 'sauma', was a ritual drink of importance among the early Indo-Iranians, and [...] Read more

The Religious Significance of Entheogenic Substances

The Religious Significance of Entheogenic Substances

This is a link to an academic paper that I wrote in about 2006 (to read the full paper please click here.) The paper examines the use of psychoactive [...] Read more

The Social Construction of LSD

The Social Construction of LSD

What is it about some drugs that creates a moral panic asks Bridget Delaney in The Guardian? This is a paper I wrote in about 2004 about the social [...] Read more

Synthetic cannabinoids and prisons

Synthetic cannabinoids and prisons

A lot has been written in the media recently about the use of 'legal highs' in prisons, but what kind of problems do they cause and why? What are [...] Read more

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