SOURCE: The Mail Online
Published 5th March, 12.01am
by Anna Hodgekiss
- David Nutt was sacked from his post of the Government’s chief adviser on drugs after saying saying ecstasy and LSD were less harmful than alcohol
- Professor is now trying to reveal what the human brain looks like on LSD
- But has been refused funding from official funding channels
- Now trying to raise cash to finish the research through crowdfunding site
A British scientist trying to reveal what the human brain looks like on LSD is asking the public to fund his research after official channels refused.
In the controversial study, 20 British volunteers will be the first in the world to have their brains scanned while high on LSD.
Early results are said to be ‘exciting’ but the full findings must wait until funding can be found to complete the research.
The research, being conducted at Cardiff University, is being led by the former drugs tsar David Nutt.
Professor Nutt was sacked from his job as the Government’s chief adviser on drugs in 2009 after saying saying ecstasy and LSD were less harmful than alcohol.
At a briefing in London this week, he spoke out against restrictions on research on recreational drugs which he called ‘the worst censorship in the history of science’.
Having been turned down by ‘classic funders’, he is now campaigning to raise the £25,000 needed to carry out analysis of the brain scanning data from the science crowdfunding site Walacea.com.
He compared current attitudes to studying recreational drugs with the Catholic church’s clampdown on pioneering Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei in the 17th century.
‘The only comparable example is when the Catholic church banned the telescope in 1616,’ said Professor Nutt, who is based at Imperial College London.
‘We’ve banned research on psychedelic drugs and other drugs like cannabis for 50 years.
‘Truly in terms of the amount of wasted opportunity, it’s way greater than the banning of the telescope. This is a truly appalling level of censorship.’