Podcasts

  • Several pills of MDMA (Extasy) on white table
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    2C psychedelics

    28 June 2019

    A class of hallucinogenic phenethylamines, explored by the 'godfather of psychedelics' Alexander Shulgin and sadly implicated in a tragedy at a 2017 music festival

  • Nutmeg fruit and seeds
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    Myristicin

    17 December 2018

    The spice that gives your Christmas eggnog its distinctive taste and aroma is also a toxic narcotic that played an important role in international history

  • A Bureau of Customs (BOC) personnel displays confiscated ecstasy at a press conference in Manila on September 14, 2016
    Podcast

    Pentylone

    21 September 2018

    The latest in an alarming trend of novel psychoactive substances being mis-sold at festivals as traditional street drugs, putting users at risk

  • The mad hatter's tea party
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    Ergotamine

    14 September 2016

    Ben Valsler finds out why writing Alice’s adventures in Wonderland was such a headache for Lewis Carroll

  • Sleeping pill on nightstand next to a glass of water
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    Barbituric acid

    4 March 2015

    It may have been largely superceded in the clinic but Phil Robinson discovers there is no rest yet for barbituric acid

  • Spice - synthetic cannabis
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    Cannabicyclohexanol

    3 December 2014

    Used to make synthetic cannabis, cannabicyclohexanol may be more risky than its non-synthetic counterpart

  • Pain killer capsules called "Tramadol HCL" with drug powder on white background.
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    Tramadol

    26 November 2014

    Simon Cotton introduces the painkiller tramadol – could this be the next banned drug in competitive cycling?

  • Lophophora williamsii cactus with flower
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    Psilocybin & Mescaline

    12 November 2014

    Simon Cotton explores our hallucinogenic horizons with psilocybin and mescaline

  • Exchanging tablets in nightclub
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    MDMA

    9 October 2014

    The drug that fuelled rave culture may yet be a treatment for PTSD. Hayley Simon introduces MDMA

  • An image of a drug syringe and some cooked heroin on a spoon
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    Desomorphine

    9 July 2014

    From potential painkiller to kitchen-cooked heroin replacement, Nate Adams tracks the history of desomorphine