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Part seven: Getting tested

Part seven: Getting tested

How does the corona pandemic affect the drug scene? Drug researcher Hayley Murray investigates the users’ perspective. This time: Drug testing services

Part six: corona and Christmas

Part six: corona and Christmas

How does the corona pandemic affect the drug scene? Drug researcher Hayley Murray investigates the users’ perspective. This time: Christmas.

Part five: Pause

Part five: Pause

Yours truly will be taking a quick break from investigating covid’s impact on the Dutch recreational drug use scene. And while I’m resting my legs in the chill out room, elsewhere, the party continues!

Part four: Drug experiments during a pandemic

Part four: Drug experiments during a pandemic

How does corona affect the drug scene? Are we engaging in more experimental, and by default, riskier behaviour? In this Poppi series, drug researcher Hayley Murray investigates and shares the users’ perspective on how they cope with their drug use during corona. This time: experimenting amidst a pandemic.

Part three: Corona and stimulants

Part three: Corona and stimulants

How does corona affect the drug scene? Are users drawn to particular substances during this uncertain time? Drug researcher Hayley Murray investigates and shares the users’ perspective. This time: corona and stimulants.

Part one: Panic buying

Part one: Panic buying

Panic buying is a term that surfaces alongside large-scale catastrophes. It is considered a type of herd behaviour where people hoard large quantities of certain products in the fear of its unavailability in the coming future…

Trouble in Paradise

Trouble in Paradise

Ah, the Seychelles. Paradise on Earth. It’s also got a serious drug problem.

A Night On Drugs in Amsterdam

A Night On Drugs in Amsterdam

It’s not what you think. Or maybe it is what you think. On the other hand, it doesn’t matter what you think, because you are probably wrong about drugs in Amsterdam, no matter what your “experience” was when you were in your twenties traveling through Europe.

Cannabis, ayahuasca and other ‘Plants of the Gods’ as spiritual tools

Cannabis, ayahuasca and other ‘Plants of the Gods’ as spiritual tools

Throughout history people have used psychoactive substances like cannabis, mushrooms and ayahuasca as spiritual tools. Some scholars even suggest that the use of these substances lies at the root of the very first forms of organized religion. The links between drugs, spirituality and religion were the theme of a fascinating event at Amsterdam’s Lloyd Hotel on November 6, 2019.