Beckley in the Media

Meet Dr Robin Carhart-Harris: the first scientist in over 40 years to test LSD on humans

August 17, 2014 Beckley in the Media

In this article, Dr Robin Carhart-Harris talks to the Independent Newspaper about ‘fighting the establishment, battling preconceptions and breaking down egos’. As a Beckley Foundation fellow, Amanda has always worked closely with Carhart-Harris and his team, and looks forward to continuing to do so as the Beckley/Imperial Psychedelic Research Programme continues to reach new heights. […]

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Cannabis and the Psychedelics: Reviewing the UN Drug Conventions (Chapter)

April 15, 2014 Beckley in the Media

Amanda Feilding – Director of the Beckley Foundation – is the author of a chapter in this newly published book. Abstract (for the chapter): The current international prohibitionist approach to the regulation of psychoactive drugs causes serious harms. It creates an illicit market that is responsible for conflict and corruption; denies medication to the world’s […]

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Amanda Feilding on BBC Oxford

October 23, 2013 Beckley in the Media

On Sunday afternoon Director of the Beckley Foundation Amanda Feilding was invited to take part in a panel discussion on BBC Oxford. She joined Michelle X, MS sufferer cautioned for growing medical marijuana to alleviate her symptoms, and other experts and commentators, to debate whether cannabis should be legally available to those in pain. Michelle’s […]

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Amanda Feilding’s introductory address at Psychedelic Science 2013

May 4, 2013 Beckley in the Media

Read Amanda Feilding’s introductory address at the Psychedelic Science Conference 2013, held in Oakland California on 18-22 April. The conference was co-hosted by the Beckley Foundation, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), Heffter, and the Council for Spiritual Practices.

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Amanda Feilding’s speaks at Psychedelic Science 2013

May 1, 2013 Beckley in the Media

Read Amanda Feilding’s talk at the Psychedelic Science Conference 2013, held in Oakland California on 18-22 April. The conference was co-hosted by the Beckley Foundation, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), Heffter, and the Council for Spiritual Practices.

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Psychedelic Science Conference 2013

April 26, 2013 Beckley in the Media

The Psychedelic Science conference, co-hosted by the Beckley Foundation, brought together researchers from around the world to discuss research, clinical trials, and medical discoveries involving psychedelic substances. Amanda Feilding presented the results of the Beckley Foundation research programme, including our recent investigations into psilocybin and MDMA.

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Beckley Foundation Press publishes Albert Hofmann’s Autobiography

April 19, 2013 Beckley in the Media

‘LSD: My Problem Child’ and ‘Insights/Outlooks’ form a fascinating autobiographical account from the founder of LSD about its discovery and the effect it had in the second half of the 21st century. The book, co-published by Beckley Foundation Press and Oxford University Press, is released today to mark the 70th anniversary of Albert Hofmann’s famous bicycle ride while experiencing the world’s first LSD trip.

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Amanda Feilding Interviewed in the Evening Standard

April 16, 2013 Beckley in the Media

Amanda talks about her life, psilocybin research and all Beckley Foundation projects in this interview with the Evening Standard.

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Government Restrictions Obstruct Crucial Mental Health Research

April 15, 2013 Beckley in the Media

Current drug policies stifle important scientific and clinical research by placing an intolerable burden of regulation on scientists who wish to work with ‘controlled substances’, meaning that very few even try to do so.

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Psychedelic Science 2013 – Amanda Feilding Talks About Her Plans for the Conference

February 15, 2013 Beckley Foundation Videos

In April, we are co-hosting an event that aims to bring together the leading scientific psychedelics laboratories in the world to debate current ideas and inspire new research. In this short video, our Director, Amanda Feilding, gives a preview of the what you can expect.

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“My Big Idea” – Amanda Feilding Featured on Harpers Bazaar blog

January 30, 2013 Beckley in the Media

Our Founder and Director puts forward the argument for decriminalisation, and asks why, after the publication of no less than four drug policy reports from influential bodies including parliamentary and medical groups, government still isn’t listening.

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Davos 2013: President Pérez Molina announces drug policy initiatives

January 26, 2013 Beckley Foundation in Guatemala

The President used his platform at the World Economic Forum to announce the proposals for drug policy reform presented to him by Beckley Foundation director Amanda Feilding last week – including drug regulation and the creation of a legal poppy crop. He also announced the plans we have been working on together to hold a drug policy summit later this year.

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Guatemala’s president: ‘My country bears the scars from the war on drugs’

January 21, 2013 Beckley Foundation in Guatemala

President Perez Molina discusses the failed war on drugs, and the Beckley Foundation’s drug policy work in Guatemala, in an interview with the Observer newspaper.

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The Queen of Consciousness – Amanda Feilding interviewed for the New Scientist

December 20, 2012 Beckley in the Media

Amanda Feilding is featured in this week’s Opinion Interview in New Scientist. In it, she talks about the origins of the Beckley Foundation and its groundbreaking work in the field of scientific research and drug policy reform. You can read the full interview here.

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In Colombia, Cameron’s stance on drugs looks cynical

December 18, 2012 Beckley in the Media

Fidel Cano Correa, editor of the Colombian daily ‘el Espectador’, mentioned the Beckley Foundation as one organisation pushing for global change in an Observer piece this weekend, and criticises David Cameron for neglecting the international consequences of domestic drug policy in the UK.

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‘The Tide is Turning’ – Amanda Feilding on the Huffington Post

December 12, 2012 Beckley in the Media

The Beckley Foundation, in association with the Global Commission on Drug Policy, Virgin Unite, Avaaz and Sundog Pictures, has launched a global grassroots campaign to call for an end to the War on Drugs. The campaign’s website,www.breakingthetaboo.com, aims to gather over 1 million signatures from global citizens calling on governments and the UN to change their drug policies. The petition is to be presented to Ban Ki-Moon, the UN Secretary General.

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Breaking the Taboo

Breaking the Taboo UK premiere features on Guardian, Mirror and Daily Mail websites

December 6, 2012 Beckley in the Media

Last night saw the launch of the new campaign, Breaking the Taboo, that the Beckley Foundation is supporting alongside Virgin Unite, Sundog Pictures and Avaaz.org. The launch event included a screening of Sundog Pictures film “Breaking the Taboo” followed by a panel discussion, chaired by Krishnan Guru-Murthy, between Beckley Foundation’s Amanda Feilding, Virgin boss Richard Branson, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, Tom Lloyd and Danny Kushlick (all signatories of the Public Letter).

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Comment: Politicians don’t have the guts to support us in public

December 6, 2012 Beckley in the Media

Politicians will say many things privately but never dare utter them in public, especially when in office. Only when they are out of power do they reveal their true feelings. And this is no truer than the when addressing the ‘D’ word – drugs. Support the regulation of drugs and your career could be over. Or could it?

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‘The Countess who would Legalise Drugs’ – the Times interviews Amanda Feilding

December 3, 2012 Beckley in the Media

“I would have thought it’s obvious,” she says to me…”To have these potentially harmful substances under the control of governments and their experts must be safer than having what we have now, which is a completely unregulated market in the hands of criminal cartels whose only motivation is profit.”

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Amanda Feilding and upcoming Beckley Foundation campaign featured in the Observer

November 27, 2012 Beckley in the Media

For the past 15 years, as part of the Beckley Foundation, which she set up in 1989, Feilding has hosted seminars, promoted research and lobbied the powerful in the name of legalisation. On 5 December, she will oversee the launch of a new global initiative to deal with what she tells the Observer is “the real danger to society” – a counterproductive war on drugs that allows a deadly criminal culture to thrive across the globe.

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Paths for Reform: Proposed Options for Alternative Drug Policies in Guatemala

November 12, 2012 Beckley Foundation in Guatemala

Amanda Feilding, Director of the Beckley Foundation, presented the Beckley Foundation’s initial drug policy proposals to Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina and his key advisors in January 2013.

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MDMA may help treat depression and PTSD, Channel 4 study suggests

September 28, 2012 Beckley in the Media

Research hints at therapeutic uses for MDMA – but the taboo surrounding psychoactive drugs prevents similar studies by Amanda Feilding Click here for original Article in The Guardian I was amused by Conal Urquhart’s description in the Observer of the novelist Lionel Shriver being sucked into an MRI brain scanner “that resembles a giant washing machine”. I see […]

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Amanda Feilding Interviewed In New Statesman

September 20, 2012 Beckley in the Media

Amanda Feilding, Director of the Beckley Foundation, on what’s wrong with our drug laws – and how magic mushrooms might help treat depression.

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“A Legal Regulation Of Cannabis, A Solution To A Global Crisis”

August 22, 2012 Beckley in the Media

Original Version of the talk that Amanda gave in the ROTOTOM SUNSPLASH FESTIVAL SOCIAL FORUM in Benicassim, Spain, on 22 August 2012 CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FULL TALK To leave the third largest industry in the world  worth about $350 billion per annum in the control of criminal cartels people with values opposite to those of […]

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Amanda Feilding’s talk in the LSE Colombian Society Drug Policy Forum 2012

April 26, 2012 Beckley in the Media

Amanda Feilding’s talk in the LSE Colombian Society Drug Policy Forum 2012 26 APRIL 2012     We humans have a strong propensity to invent and embrace universal systems of belief, which we label religions, ideologies, or myths.   Communism, for instance, one of the mightiest of recent religions, claimed the power to suppress the […]

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“Under the Shadow of the Taboo: the Truth about Cannabis”

April 24, 2012 Beckley in the Media

Original version of Amanda’ s talk in the INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON DRUG USE REGULATION POLICIES, at Palacio de la Medicina, Gustavo Baz Prada Auditorium, in Mexico City “Under the Shadow of the Taboo: the Truth about Cannabis” Amanda Feilding Beckley Foundation Cannabis is by far the most commonly used illegal drug in the world, comprising 80% […]

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Beckley Foundation and Latin America

April 19, 2012 Beckley Foundation in Guatemala

The recent 2012 Summit of the Americas in Cartagena opened up positive avenues for progress in drug policy reform. President Santos’s welcome call for the establishment of an expert taskforce to assess how current drug control regimes can be improved to create more effective, cheaper alternatives is fully in line with the Beckley Foundation’s work […]

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Amanda Feilding & the Beckley in the Guardian, February 2012

February 7, 2012 Beckley in the Media

Magic mushrooms, international law and the failed ‘war on drugs’ Amanda Feilding, 7 February 2012 This article was originally published in the Guardian. Click here for full article It’s been a busy fortnight. First the publication of two major peer-reviewed research papers about magic mushrooms that attracted worldwide publicity. Then off to Prague for an […]

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APPG and The Beckley Foundation in the Media

March 24, 2011 Beckley in the Media

The Times, Monday March 21, 2011 Dear Sir, A new All Party Parliamentary Group has been launched to promote the urgent need for drug policy reform. The launch coincides with the 50thanniversay of the 1961 United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.  Although the rhetoric of the ‘War on Drugs’ was to come later the […]

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Time For Change

March 23, 2011 Beckley in the Media

Published in the Huffington Post, Wednesday 23 March 2011. Original Version. By Amanda Feilding, Director of the Beckley Foundation. In 1998 the UN declared: “a drug-free world, we can do it!” In reality, we cannot. The War on Drugs has failed. According to all available indices, it is no longer defendable. Vast expenditure on drug […]

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