All novel psychoactive substances articles

  • Several pills of MDMA (Extasy) on white table
    Podcast

    2C psychedelics

    2019-06-28T10:44:00Z

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

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

    Pentylone

    2018-09-21T10:17:00Z

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

  • Lot of pills of MDMA (Ecstasy) distributed by drug dealer seized by legal authority
    Research

    Nanoparticle–NMR technique targets recreational drugs

    2018-05-09T11:21:00Z

    After constantly playing catch-up, new tool could give analytical chemists the edge in fight to identify new psychoactive substances

  • 0917CW - Editorial - Legal high packet on table - Index
    Opinion

    Chemicals of consequence

    2017-09-06T16:06:00Z

    Drug misuse is a complex issue, with no easy answers 

  • A selection of legal high packets in the UK
    Feature

    The rising tide of 'legal highs'

    2017-09-06T14:56:00Z

    Andy Extance investigates the chemistry that has helped recreational drugs evade the law, and its consequences

  • Exchanging tablets in nightclub
    Podcast

    MDMA

    2014-10-09T00:00:00Z

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

  • Woman purchasing khat in awaday khat market
    Podcast

    Cathinone

    2013-05-22T00:00:00Z

    Simon Cotton introduces us to cathinone, the active ingredient in the stimulant Khat

  • Methamphetamine or crystal meth
    Podcast

    Methamphetamine

    2011-09-07T00:00:00Z

    A mood enhancing molecule, Simon Cotton investigates the chemistry of Methamphetamine

  • Balloon and nitrous oxide canister after use.
    Podcast

    Nitrous oxide

    2011-06-01T00:00:00Z

    From Preistley's early experiments to the latest 'hippy crack' phase, we take a look at the history of laughing gas