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LSD Revealed: A Celebration of Beckley/Imperial Research

April 14, 2016 Achievements

On Wednesday 13 April, Amanda Feilding and David Nutt hosted a symposium in the Wellcome Trust Lecture Hall at the Royal Society, the UK National Academy of Science. The occasion was a celebration of the findings which have emerged from the latest investigation into LSD by the Beckley/Imperial Research programme, of which they are the […]

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LSD Revealed: Scientific Papers from the Beckley/Imperial Research Programme

April 12, 2016 Achievements

Our symposium at the Royal Society on Wednesday 13 April is a celebration of the accomplishments of the Beckley/Imperial Research Programme and commemoration of the release of the results from first ever brain imaging study on LSD. Our main findings have been published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: “Neural […]

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Coming soon… A New Look for the Beckley Foundation’s Website!

April 12, 2016 Uncategorized

In keeping with the cutting-edge nature of our research; and timed perfectly to coincide with the publication of the latest Beckley/Imperial paper on LSD; we have commissioned a new website and will soon invite you to explore our forthcoming aesthetic metamorphosis. Courtesy of DTC Studio, our new website will feature updated Science, Policy and Culture […]

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LSD Revealed: A Celebration at the Royal Society

April 12, 2016 Events

The Beckley/Imperial Research Programme has released the world’s first images of the human brain on LSD. Amanda Feilding and David Nutt, the co-directors of the Programme, will host a symposium on Wednesday 13 April in celebration of this unprecedented scientific achievement. Through the publication of this paper, Amanda honours a promise she made to Albert […]

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LSD Revealed: the World’s First Images of the Brain on LSD

April 12, 2016 Achievements

The Beckley/Imperial Research Programme has released the world’s first images of the human brain on LSD. The images are part of the first ever brain imaging study to examine the effects of LSD on the human brain; the findings have been published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: “Neural Correlates […]

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The Visual Effects of Ayahuasca in Humans: The First Study to Employ a Ketanserin Blockade

March 30, 2016 Achievements

Ayahuasca, like other major psychedelic drugs, is thought to produce its characteristic effects through interaction with 5-HT2A receptors. But what happens if we block the receptor with ketanserin, a drug that selectively binds to the 5-HT2A receptors? This is the world’s first study to test if the main psychological and physiological effects of ayahuasca still […]

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A Review on Ayahuasca: Pharmacology, Neuroscience and Therapeutic Potential

March 17, 2016 Achievements

Amanda Feilding has contributed to review of current knowledge relating to ayahuasca, co-authored by Elisabet Domínguez-Clavé, Joaquim Soler, Matilde Elices, Juan C. Pascual, Enrique Álvarez, Mario de la Fuente Revenga, Pablo Friedlander and Jordi Riba. The paper evaluates the recent scientific evidence for the therapeutic potential of ayahuasca, including its potential to treat various psychiatric […]

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The Beckley Foundation’s Side Event at CND 2016: Amanda Feilding’s Introduction

March 14, 2016 Uncategorized

Today, a selection of contributors to our forthcoming report, “Roadmaps to Regulation: Coca, Cocaine & Derivatives” are presenting their insights, at our official side event to the CND, at 1.10 in Conference Room M4. Here is Amanda Feilding’s opening address: Hello, I’m Amanda Feilding, Founder and Director of the Beckley Foundation. I have been involved […]

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Roadmaps to Regulation: Coca, Cocaine & its Derivatives at CND 2016

February 29, 2016 Uncategorized

The 59th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), which will take place in Vienna on 14 to 22 March 2016. As an official side event to the CND, the Beckley Foundation will present a preview of our forthcoming report, “Roadmaps to Regulation: Coca, Cocaine & its Derivatives,” which brings together perspectives from 20+ […]

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Jamaican Cannabis Landraces: Amanda Feilding on Protecting the Rare, Indigenous Strains

February 25, 2016 Beckley in the Media

Humanity’s history with cannabis reaches back to the dawn of civilization. Cannabis has long been valued for its long-lasting and strong fibre, it’s nutritious and oil-rich seeds, as well as its psychoactive and medicinal properties. Over the last 4000 years, the plant’s valuable, and often unique contribution to the religious, cultural, medical, agricultural, commercial and […]

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A Beckley Foundation Message to the Government and People of Mexico

February 9, 2016 Uncategorized

The tide is turning towards safer and more effective drug policies, and Mexico is riding the crest of the wave. Debates have been sparked throughout the nation by the Supreme Court’s life-affirming decision to uphold the individual’s “right to free development of personality,” which includes cultivating marijuana for personal use. Amanda Feilding and the Beckley […]

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The Paradoxical Psychological Effects of LSD

February 8, 2016 Uncategorized

A new paper from the Beckley/Imperial Research Programme has been published online. There is an unresolved paradox that some effects of LSD are similar to certain features of mental illnesses, especially psychosis, but at the same time can cause profound and beneficial changes in mental well-being. This study is the first to specifically address this […]

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A New Year Letter from Amanda Feilding

January 4, 2016 Uncategorized

A Letter from Amanda Feilding, Executive Director of the Beckley Foundation

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Take part in psychedelic research from Beckley collaborators at Johns Hopkins

December 14, 2015 Uncategorized

The States of Consciousness Research Team at Johns Hopkins needs your help. The team has collaborated with the Beckley Foundation on a study investigating “overcoming nicotine addiction with psilocybin-aided psychotherapy” They are conducting an anonymous, web-based research study to characterize experiences that fundamentally altered your beliefs or understanding about death and dying. Good science is […]

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Charles Nesson interviews Ras Iyah V

December 3, 2015 Beckley in the Media

Ras Iyah V, President of the Westmoreland Hemp and Ganja Farmers Association in Jamaica, gives a fascinating and revealing interview with Charles Nesson, of Harvard Law in the video below. Ras Iyah V spoke at the Beckley Foundation’s recent conference “Jamaica’s Regulated Cannabis Industry: First Steps” which was jointly held with the Jamaican Government. He […]

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Amanda Feilding’s Call for Regulation of Psychedelics featured in Rolling Stone

December 3, 2015 Beckley in the Media

Acid Tests Turn 50: Wavy Gravy, Merry Prankster Ken Babbs Look Back In a fascinating article from Rolling Stone which discusses the history of LSD and the 1960s counterculture on the 50th Anniversary of the first ‘Acid Test’, our Executive Director, Amanda Feidling’s recent call for rescheduling and regulation of LSD and other psychedelics is […]

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New study from Beckley collaboration supports therapeutic potential of Ayahuasca by showing increased mindfulness

November 30, 2015 Beckley in the Media

Beckley Foundation collaborator Jordi Riba and his team at Sant Pau Hospital in Barcelona have just published a study in the journal Psychopharmacology, co-authored by the Beckley’s Executive Director, Amanda Feilding, which shows that one of the ways ayahuasca achieves its reported therapeutic effects is by increasing people’s capacity for mindfulness – the same capacity […]

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‘The Sunshine Makers’ – New Documentary on LSD and 1960s counterculture.

November 26, 2015 Uncategorized

‘The Sunshine Makers’ is the new documentary directed by Cosmo Feilding-Mellen, son of Amanda Feilding. Exploring the story of Nick Sand and Tim Scully, the creators of the now famous Orange Sunshine LSD, ‘The Sunshine Makers’ tells of the duo’s mission to ‘turn on the world’ throughout the 1960s and 70s. The film has been […]

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Mark Golding, Jamaican Minister of Justice, Honoured at the International Drug Reform Conference 2015

November 23, 2015 Beckley in the Media

This weekend at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference 2015, it was wonderful to see those who work hard to achieve real change in global drug policy being honoured. Jamaican Minister of Justice, Mark Golding, whom Amanda Feilding and the Beckley Foundation have been advising in building Jamaica’s regulated cannabis industry, was give the Kurt […]

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The Beckley Foundation calls for regulation of LSD and other psychedelics for recreational use at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference.

November 19, 2015 Press Releases

Press Release The Beckley Foundation calls for regulation of LSD and other psychedelics for recreational use at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference. The Beckley Foundation, through its Founder and Executive Director Amanda Feilding, is urging for ground-breaking reforms to grant legal access, not only to cannabis, but also to MDMA, LSD, “magic mushrooms”, and […]

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Beckley Foundation Conference ‘Jamaica’s Regulated Cannabis Industry: First Steps’ an Immense Success

November 19, 2015 Policy

Amanda Feilding and the Beckley Foundation are proud to have joined with the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Industry, Investment & Commerce in hosting such a successful conference: “Jamaica’s Regulated Cannabis Industry: First Steps”. Amanda Feilding, Founder and Director of the Beckley Foundation, says the conferences gave her “great hope for the future […]

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‘Jamaica’s Regulated Cannabis Industry: First Steps’ Flyer

November 14, 2015 Uncategorized
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Jamaica’s Pioneering Journey Towards Cannabis Regulation

November 14, 2015 Beckley in the Media

This article first appeared in the Huffington Post on 14th November By respecting human rights, religious freedoms and granting access to medicine, Jamaica is now leading the world in compassionate, evidence-based drug policy. It is wonderful that Jamaica has now not only decriminalised cannabis, eliminating previous convictions for possession, but has also fully acknowledged the […]

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Beckley Foundation collaborates with Jamaican Ministries of Justice & Industry in a conference on Jamaica’s cannabis reforms and regulations

November 14, 2015 Press Releases

The Beckley Foundation, in partnership with the Jamaican Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Industry, Investment & Commerce, has organised a two-day conference entitled “Jamaica’s Regulated Cannabis Industry: First Steps” taking place in Negril on November 13 and 14, 2015, to coincide with the inaugural Rastafari RootzFest and World Cannabis Cup 2015. Following recent […]

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‘Jamaica’s Regulated Cannabis Industry: First Steps’ Programme

November 13, 2015 Uncategorized
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Beckley Foundation, in collaboration with the Jamaican Government, present the conference: ‘Jamaica’s Regulated Cannabis Industry: First Steps’

November 10, 2015 Policy

The Beckley Foundation, in partnership with the Jamaican Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Industry, Investment & Commerce, has organised a two-day conference entitled “Jamaica’s Regulated Cannabis Industry: First Steps” taking place in Negril on November 13 and 14, 2015, to coincide with the inaugural Rastafari RootzFest and World Cannabis Cup 2015. Following recent […]

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Amanda Feilding responds to the leaked UNODC briefing paper recommending decriminalisation of all drugs

October 19, 2015 Beckley in the Media

A paper from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has been leaked which recommends that UN members consider “decriminalising drug use and possession for personal consumption”. Our Director, Amanda Feilding has published her response below. This is wonderful news; in 2006 I commissioned the Beckley Foundation Global Cannabis Commission to investigate how best […]

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Listen to Amanda Feilding Debate Cannabis Legalisation on BBC Radio 5 Live

October 19, 2015 Beckley in the Media

On Monday 5th of October, Amanda Feilding, Director of the Beckley Foundation was invited to debate Cannabis regulation on BBC Radio 5 Live. The debate took place as part of the build towards the discussion in parliament of an e-petition asking for cannabis regulation: Make the production, sale and use of cannabis legal Legalising cannabis […]

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Research and Rewards – The Beckley Foundation Psychedelic Science Seminar 2015

September 22, 2015 Uncategorized

Last Wednesday 16th of September, we hosted the Beckley Foundation Psychedelic Science Seminar 2015, a celebration of the pioneering research that we have co-developed through the Beckley/Imperial Psychedelic Research Programme since 2009. At the centre of this gathering was the presentation of preliminary results for our latest project, the first-ever brain imaging study on LSD. […]

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The Beckley Psychedelic Science Seminar 2015 – Presenting The Beckley/Imperial Research Programme

September 16, 2015 Uncategorized

The Beckley Psychedelic Science Seminar 2015 is taking place today, celebrating the work of the Beckley/Imperial Psychedelic Research Programme. The seminar is an invite only event, and is being held for backers of our hugely successful crowdfunding campaign which took place earlier this year. The campaign was held to help raise money for our landmark […]

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