Far Out: Crowdfunding Gives New Life to LSD, MDMA Research

08/04/2015

in Beckley in the Media

A Test Subject Entering an MRI Scanner

“Nobody has been investigating these drugs since the invention of brain imaging technology,” Amanda Feilding, director of the Beckley Foundation, which ran the Walacea crowdfunding campaign, told NBC News.

“For those of us who are doing this research, it’s like being in a wonderful orchard filled with low-hanging fruit, because nobody has explored these areas.”

NBC News by Keith Wagstaff 30 March, 2015

Exciting new science. Crowdfunding is allowing the latest analytical techniques to be applied to psychedelic research.

LSD, magic mushrooms, and “Molly”: Not words that come to mind for most people when they think of serious medical research.

And yet researchers into post-traumatic stress disorder and conditions like depression are doing exactly that for the first time in decades — with an Internet-age twist. With traditional funding scarce, some researchers are turning to crowdfunding sites like Indiegogo to raise cash for their studies. It’s a strategy that could revive their work examining the positive psychic potential of hallucinogens, a field that has been on life support since the 1970s.agic mushrooms, and “Molly”: Not words that come to mind for most people when they think of serious medical research.

“It’s probably the best time in history to be doing psychedelic research,” Brad Burge, director of communications for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), told NBC News.

MAPS is a non-profit that raises funds for researchers looking into the medical benefits of psychedelics and marijuana. In the past, with no government funds available, the organization had to rely on a few wealthy donors to keep studies afloat. Now it has run three successful Indiegogo campaigns — in which ordinary people give small or large donations in exchange for various rewards — including one effort that netted more than $130,000.

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