scientific research and pioneering research on lsd

Since 1998, the Beckley Foundation has collaborated with leading international institutions to produce evidence-based research around LSD and neurological activity. As a personal friend of Albert Hoffman (the inventor of LSD), Beckley Foundation Director Amanda Feilding has always had a passion for scientific discovery involving LSD and has published numerous reports on the drug.

In 2013, the Beckley Foundation, in collaboration with Imperial College London, will become the first organisation ever to use modern brain-imaging technology (fMRI and MEG) during an LSD experience. Alongside the neuro-imaging, we shall measure the effects of the drug on perception and on the functions of self-reflection and auto-biographical memory recollection. We expect that this research will elucidate the mechanisms that underlie changing state of consciousness, highlighting new avenues for potential medical and therapeutic treatment.

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LSD Enhances Emotional Responses to Music

August 11, 2015 LSD

The latest scientific paper to come out of the Beckley/Imperial Psychedelic Research Programme has been published today online in Psychopharmacology, and will be published in print later this month. The paper, titled LSD enhances the emotional response to music investigates how LSD affects people’s emotional responses to music. Music is considered an important element in […]

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The Beckley Foundation at Breaking Convention 2015

July 13, 2015 LSD

Last weekend, between the 10th and 12th July 2015, the University of Greenwich hosted Breaking Convention 2015, one of the biggest conferences in the world specialising on psychedelics and consciousness. Over 800 experts, artists, academics, and members of the civil society and the general public took part in dozens of panels, talks, concerts, film screenings […]

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Frequently Asked Questions Beckley-Imperial College Research Programme

September 26, 2014 LSD

  BECKLEY FOUNDATION–IMPERIAL COLLEGE RESEARCH PROGRAMME Psychedelics   What is the background to the psychedelic research being carried out at Imperial? It is part of the Beckley Foundation–Imperial College Psychopharmacological Research Programme, which was set up in 2009 by Amanda Feilding (Director of the Beckley Foundation) and Professor David Nutt (Head of Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial […]

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Psilocybin’s effects on the brain and Aldous Huxley’s ‘reducing valve’ of consciousness: blog reaction to Beckley-Imperial Psilocybin research

January 27, 2012 LSD

In the popular science blog io9, Robert T. Gonzales ties up findings from this week’s Beckley Foundation-Imperial College Psilocybin paper in the PNAS with Aldous Huxley’s ‘reducing valve’ hypothesis, initially presented in his 1954 book The Doors of Perception (; also, to more recent theorising by Karl Friston of University College London (, who postulates, in […]

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History of Psychedelic Research in the United Kingdom

February 1, 2011 Featured Video

This presentation by Dr. Ben Sessa is on the History of Psychedelic Research in the UK, with particular reference to the work of Dr Ronald Sandison and LSD treatment explored by the maverick psychiatrist Panel: Psychedelic Psychotherapy. This video is from the Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century, a conference in San Jose, California, April […]

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Swiss Pilot Study Investigating the use of LSD in the Palliative care of the Dying

September 2, 2010 LSD

The first clinical study involving LSD in psychotherapy for many years has recently achieved full approvals from the Swiss authorities. This will investigate the safety and efficacy of LSD as part of a palliative treatment programme to ease pain and pre-death anxiety in those suffering from terminal illnesses.

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Cluster Headaches – A New Treatment?

September 2, 2010 LSD

The goal of this research is to increase the understanding of the underlying causes of Cluster Headaches and also develop a treatment plan using Bromo-LSD which will decrease the pain, severity, and duration of each attack.

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