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Are illegal drugs always bad, or are there good sides to it? Join to hear both Davids talk about what can be learned from the effects of dangerous drugs. Come early to have some fantastic food at the Kings Head! Parking is right in front of the pub. Please note that this event is accessible for those with impaired mobility
The enigma of 'Special K'
Ketamine is one of those drugs that starts life as a potential human and veterinary anaesthetic, morphs inter alia through battlefield analgesic, party-goers hallucinogen and now as a rapidly acting anti-depressant. On the way it has enabled us to understand the role of glutamate receptors in neuropathic pain, in schizophrenia and mood disorders. I’ll try to convey some of the excitement associated with this enigmatic drug and what the future might hold.
Can ‘illegal’ drugs make the mind more beautiful?
My talk will explain our developing understanding of the brain mechanisms underpinning “illegal” drugs such as MDMA and psychedelics from brain imaging research. I will explain how in addition to helping us understand the nature of consciousness these have led to new approaches to the treatment of major brain disorders such as PTSD and depression. Finally I will explain how this research is severely hampered by the current irrational and ineffective drug laws.