TDC Podcast 5 – Julian Buchanan on the Global Drug Policy Problem

Julian Buchanan has worked in the area of drug policy reform and education for decades. Initially a social worker/probation officer, he eventually become a professor. During the course of his teaching career, Buchanan worked at Liverpool University, University of Central Lancashire, Glyndwr University, and Victoria University of Wellington. He was a Consultant and Independent Expert […]

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TDC Podcast 4 – Adam from PsychedSubstance on Psychedelic Harm Reduction, Philosophy & More

Adam is the founder of two popular YouTube channels, PsychedSubstance and SWIM. He’s had an interest in drugs, most notably psychedelics and entactogens, for years. He offers entertaining content about various substances. Although he’s been focused on psychedelics since PsychedSubstance began, he’s also covered non-psychedelics to some extent. We talk about psychedelic harm reduction, philosophy, […]

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TDC Podcast 3 – Glen Carner, LMHC on Addiction, Alternatives to Abstinence & More

Glen Carner is a psychotherapist focused on addiction. He received an MA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). Along with working in the field of addiction treatment, Glen offers family therapy. His practice, Family & Addiction Counseling, has locations in Honolulu and Kapolei, Hawaii. You can find more about […]

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Overview: Placebo Stimulants Make You Think You’re Performing Better

TDC abstract: Placebo stimulants are capable of increasing self-reported alertness, focus, and positive mood. These effects are present in the absence of neuropsychological improvement, demonstrating a placebo, likely due to positive expectancies, can make users believe they’re receiving a benefit. Authors: Samantha Lookatch, Hayley Fivecoat, and Todd Moore DOI: 10.1080/02791072.2017.1344897 Link: Published: July 2017 Background The level of nonmedical […]

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TDC Podcast 2 – Emanuel Sferios on MDMA Harm Reduction, Prohibition Failures & More

Emanuel Sferios founded DanceSafe, a nonprofit harm reduction organization, in the late 1990s. For decades he has worked to combat the harms of prohibition, especially as they apply to MDMA. He’s now working on a film, “MDMA The Movie,” which will cover multiple aspects of the substance. In this episode we discuss how people can […]

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TDC Podcast 1 – Welcome to TDC

This is a quick introduction to The Drug Classroom (TDC) and the newly launched podcast. Among the topic areas that’ll be discussed on the podcast are history, drug policy, neuroscience, harm reduction, pharmacology, and toxicology. If you have any guest suggestions, feel free to let me know. You can reach me here: With the […]

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Overview: LSD’s Subjective Effects Are Highly Reliant on 5-HT2A

Abstract: LSD administration can significantly affect self-related processing in the brain. This was shown by an increase in “meaning” scores for otherwise meaningless music. The effects were correlated with changes in brain regions known to be associated with self-related activity. Most of the effects were blocked by a 5-HT2A antagonist, ketanserin. Authors: Katrin H. Preller, […]

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(Fashionable Nonsense) – Say Why to Drugs: A Conversation with Seth Fitzgerald

Episode link We discuss drug education, harm reduction, and related topics.

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TDC Book List

Here are the books currently in TDC’s library. I don’t agree with or endorse all of the information in these texts. They provide some of the information that is used on the site. Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD: The CIA, the Sixties, and Beyond (Amazon) Author: Martin A. Lee Published: 1985 (Revised in […]

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Overview: String of Overdoses from AMB-FUBINACA in New York

Abstract: Dozens of people seemingly overdosed on AMB-FUBINACA, a synthetic cannabinoid, at the same time in July 2016. 18 individuals were taken to local medical centers and no fatalities occurred. Authors: Axel J. Adams, Samuel D. Banister, Lisandro Irizarry, Jordan Trecki, Michael Schwartz, and Roy Gerona DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1610300 Link: Published: December 14, 2016 Background Hundreds of […]

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Dictyonema huaorani

Overview: Lichen (Dictyonema huaorani) in Ecuador Might Produce Psychedelic Drugs

Abstract: A lichen growing in Ecuador, Dictyonema huaorani, might produce psychoactive drugs. Among those substances are 5-MeO-DMT and psilocybin (4-PO-DMT). Their presence is not yet definitive, but there is good reason to investigate further. Authors: Michaela Schmull, Manuela Dal-Forno, Robert Lücking, Shugeng Cao, Jon Clardy, and James D. Lawrey DOI: 10.1639/0007-2745-117.4.386 Link: Published: November 7, 2014 Introduction Fungi from […]

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Study Overview: Ecstasy (MDMA) Use In US Sample Of Nightclub & Festival Attendees

Abstract: This paper looks at the rate of MDMA (Ecstasy, Molly) use among young adult nightclub and festival goers. Compared to the general population, people who attend those events have a greater lifetime use rate. Those who take MDMA also report higher rates of drug use overall. Authors: Joseph J. Palamar, Patricia Acosta, Danielle C. Ompad, and Charles M. […]

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