A Drink with David Nutt, author of Cannabis (Seeing Through The Smoke)

David Nutt

£5

Join A Drink with the Idler for a chat with scientist David Nutt

How does cannabis work? Is it addictive? Is it really medically helpful and if so how? On the publication of his new book, Cannabis, Professor David Nutt will be in conversation with Idler magazine editor Tom Hodgkinson about the real science of cannabis and health. Your host will be Idler Academy director Victoria Hull.

We’ll have philosophical insight from Dr Mark Vernon and the discussion will be followed by a live Q&A.

A Drink with the Idler is free for Idler magazine and Academy subscribers.

It is an online event. Bring your friends. It should be like meeting up in the pub for an interesting conversation. We leave the meeting open at the end so you can carry on chatting.

About the speakers:

Professor David Nutt is a leading authority on alcohol and drugs across the world.  He is professor of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London and chair of DrugScience. He was chair of the UK’s advisory committee on the misuse of drugs until 2009. His previous book Drink?: The New Science of Alcohol and Your Health was shortlisted for the Fortnum & Mason Food & Drink Awards 2021.  His new book Cannabis (Seeing Through The Smoke): The New Science of Cannabis and Your Health is published in February 2022.

In this definitive guide to cannabis, Professor Nutt, covers how it works, its medical uses, the dangers of dependence, how it affects our brain and body, and whether this plant – in its many forms – is right for you and your loved ones. The book is rooted in cutting-edge science and enables readers to make informed conclusions about the pros and cons of cannabis.

Tom Hodgkinson is editor of the Idler and author of the best-selling manuals, How to be Idle and How to be Free. Other books include a book on parenting, the Ukulele Handbook and a manual for creative entrepreneurs, Business for Bohemians.

Dr Mark Vernon is a psychotherapist, writer, broadcaster and teacher. He presents several Idler Academy online courses. He has a PhD in philosophy, and degrees in theology and physics. His most recent books include – The Idler Guide To Ancient Philosophy (Idler Books), Love: All That Matters (Hodder) and Jung: How To Believe (Guardian Shorts) – and he has books on friendship, belief and the good life too. Mark can often be heard on Moral Maze. He began his professional life as a priest in the Church of England. 


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Event Details

Date: Thursday 3 February

Time: 6pm-7pm

Location: Online via Zoom link

Cost: £5. Free for Idler subscribers. SUBSCRIBE NOW

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