Issue 10: Drugs
Whether illicit, prescription or more benign, there's some serious science behind the pills we're all popping. From hospitals to nightclubs to your bathroom cupboard, chemical compounds can save lives – or get us high.
This month, Lateral's dealing with drugs: how they're developed, how they help us cope, their influence on art, and more. There's lots to explore in this issue – plenty to help you turn on, tune in, and drop out.
Cover illustration by Shruti Kotecha.
Psychoactive drugs have a history of influencing some of the world’s greatest writers, artists and musicians. Both the high and the art we create from this experience is unique to each person, and can be as much of a hindrance as a help.
Some misconceptions never die. Three scientists correct the facts people just keep getting wrong.