Drugs without the hot air
Making sense of legal and illegal drugs

By (author) David Nutt


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David Nutt is a psychiatrist, the Edmund J Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology in Imperial College London and chair of DrugScience. The Times Eureka science magazine voted him one of the 100 most important figures in British Science.


Web Description

The dangers of illegal drugs are well known and rarely disputed, but how harmful are alcohol and tobacco by comparison? What are we missing by banning medical research into magic mushrooms, LSD and cannabis? Can they be sources of valuable treatments?


The new expanded and revised second edition of Drugs without the hot air looks at the science to allow anyone to make rational decisions based on objective evidence, asking:
•What is addiction? Is there an addictive personality?
•What is the role of cannabis in treating epilepsy?
•How harmful is vaping?
•How can psychedelics treat depression?
•Where is the opioid crisis taking us?

For list of the URLs cited in the book please click here.


Competing titles

• Chasing the Scream, Hari • Drugs 2.0, Power • Narcomania, Daly & Sampson


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The new expanded and revised second edition of the best-selling Drugs without the hot air.
A no-nonsense book from drugs expert David Nutt.
Trade/academic crossover: first edition used internationally as text book.


Promotional “headline”: a promotional phrase which is intended to headline a description of the product

The new expanded and revised second edition of the best-selling Drugs without the hot air.
A no-nonsense book from drugs expert David Nutt.
Trade/academic crossover: first edition used internationally as text book.


Description for reader

All those affected by drugs: users, parents, teachers, doctors, police, politicians, policy-makers and social services.


Description for sales people

David Nutt hosts The Drug Science Podcast. 'Drugs' is included on the BBC Science Focus' 'Best Books of 2020' list and has been featured on Cory Doctorow's blog, in BBC Science Focus magazine and The Scientist.


Unpublished endorsement

"Professor David Nutt is the most trusted drug scientist in the world. In *Without the Hot Air*, he demonstrates that this distinction is well earned. He makes a compelling case for removing the hysteria and political rhetoric from discussions of drug policy, so that we might pursue a more rational, evidence-based approach. This is one of the most comprehensive treatments of the subject. You won’t be the same after reading it."