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Progress vs. Obstacle Course – C+D features drug science & the role of the Beckley Foundation

July 27, 2015 Uncategorized

Chemist + Druggist recently published two articles featuring the work of Amanda Feilding and the Beckley Foundation in advancing the knowledge on currently-controlled psychoactive substances and removing hindrances to this type of research. The Acid Test, focuses on the so-called psychedelic renaissance, the reemergence of popular and scientific interest in psychedelic substances. Annabelle Collins successfully […]

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Experts and Academics denounce Psychoactive Substances Bill

July 9, 2015 Uncategorized

Over 40 academics, campaigners and experts in related fields have requested the UK Government to reconsider the proposed Psychoactive Substances Bill (2015). A blanket ban such as the one proposed has been previously enacted in Ireland and Poland, where it has proven far from successful. Particularly dangerous is the likelihood of this legislation to create […]

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Amanda Feilding and Michael Pollan discuss psychedelic research in San Francisco

July 6, 2015 Uncategorized

“While challenges remain, I think we have reached a tipping point. Society is finally opening up to a new understanding of psychedelics and their transformational and healing potential” – Amanda Feilding. Last week in San Francisco Susan Mactavish-Best hosted a dinner for over 100 selected guests, including internet entrepreneurs, scientists and media. The dinner featured […]

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The Brave New Worlds of Crowdfunding Science

June 23, 2015 Beckley in the Media

Our LSD crowdfunding campaign, which we developed in collaboration with the Beckley/Imperial Psychedelic Research Programme, was a massive success. It reached its £25,000 goal in just 48 hours and more than doubled it by its target date. Writing for EuroScientist, Arran Frood discusses the funding drive and future opportunities with our Director, Amanda Feilding. The […]

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Warnings that proposed UK blanket ban on ‘legal highs’ casts net too wide

June 9, 2015 Uncategorized

Our Director, Amanda Feilding, recently discussed the expected collateral damage from the Psychoactive Substances Bill with Chemistry World. The Beckley Foundation opposes this piece of legislation on the basis that it will compound the dangers of the illicit market and create even more obstacles against valuable scientific research. Amanda had previously discussed the ban on […]

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Amanda Feilding discusses the future of ‘ganja’ with Mark Golding, Jamaican Minister of Justice

June 2, 2015 Uncategorized

The Jamaican Gleaner recently discussed cannabis with farmers that have been cultivating the plant for decades despite the ban. The country has now decriminalised cannabis possession and has become a leading voice in the international debate on alternatives to prohibition. Amanda Feilding, the Beckley Foundation’s director, recently had a private meeting in Kingston with Jamaica’s […]

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New Psychoactive Substances

New Psychoactive Substances Ban Won’t Even Achieve Its Aims

May 29, 2015 Beckley in the Media

This article first appeared on the Huffington Post UK The UK Government yesterday announced its plans to introduce a blanket ban on all new psychoactive substances, (NPSs as they’re known,) in a move that follows in the steps of Ireland’s ban in 2010. Following the recent spate of hospitalisations and deaths from one such substance, […]

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Recently Appointed Drug Minister Should Mend Failed Policy

May 22, 2015 Beckley in the Media

This article first appeared on the Huffington Post UK. Last November, Norman Baker MP, left his office in Government with a bang. In his role as Minister of State for the Home Office, he oversaw the development of the Coalition Government’s international comparators study on drug policy. While the publication fell very short of the […]

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Is LSD about to return to polite society?

April 26, 2015 Beckley in the Media

Vilified and misunderstood for decades, psychedelics and other controlled substances are resurfacing into the public sphere. This time, however, by the hand of the latest developments in neuroscience and neuroimaging technology. Amanda Feilding and the Beckley Foundation have been at the forefront of this renaissance, co-designing and carrying out breakthrough research in collaboration with leading […]

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46 Countries vote for LSD research

March 17, 2015 Uncategorized

Research carried out as part of the Beckley Foundation Psychedelic Research Programme.  Crowdfunding campaign for world’s first images of the brain on LSD smashes target in 36 hours and has been supported by over 1000 people in 46 countries. Today the world’s first LSD brain imaging study that is crowdfunding on Walacea has raised over […]

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Beckley Foundation’s Research on Psychedelics

March 5, 2015 Uncategorized

Psychedelics have been used throughout history for different social and/or spiritual purposes. Experts suggest that the relationship of humankind with these substances started as early as the Bronze Age. In fact, some of these ancient practices have survived into our days. From the 1960s, psychedelic use leaped into the public sphere in the Americas, Europe […]

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World’s First Image of The Brain On LSD

March 5, 2015 Featured Slider

World’s First Image of The Brain On LSD To Be Crowdfunded by Professor Nutt and Amanda Feilding Together with Professor David Nutt, former advisor to the UK government, Amanda Feilding and the Beckley Foundation are turning to the new science crowdfunding site Walacea.com to raise money for a ground-breaking study producing the very first images […]

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NY Times Focus on Study which used Beckley Data – ‘Can Mushrooms Treat Depression?’

December 4, 2014 Uncategorized

A study carried out using data from the Beckley Foundation / Imperial College Psychopharmacological Research Programme has been the focus of a New York Times article asking “Can Mushrooms Treat Depression?” The Beckley Foundation has been granted a The author makes a wonderful case for the re-scheduling of mushrooms in the USA: “Psilocybin could have […]

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President Pérez Molina of Guatemala will Consider Legalising Cannabis in 2015

November 18, 2014 Uncategorized

In a recent interview, Guatemalan president Otto Pérez Molina said that his government would follow the example of Uruguay by taking a decision on legalizing marijuana in early 2015. This is one of the recommendations that the Beckley Foundation made in the Advisory Report that Amanda was invited to create for Pérez Molina and his […]

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New paper from Beckley / Imperial Study: Homological scaffolds of brain functional networks

November 7, 2014 Uncategorized

      In the incredible image above, which was taken from a paper entitled Homological scaffolds of brain functional networks, we can see how the brain differs in its capacity for making connections between different neural regions in normal waking consciousness (on the left) as compared to the brains of those who have been administered […]

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Why Does the UK Conservative Party Continue to Stand by Failing Drug Laws?

October 30, 2014 Uncategorized

October 30 was already set to be an interesting day for UK drug policy thanks to the “once in a generation” drug policy debate that took place in parliament. But it got significantly more interesting in the early hours of the morning when the Home Office released Drugs: international comparators, a report that the Conservatives suppressed for months which asserts that […]

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Beckley Co-Funded ‘Breaking the Taboo’ in the iTunes Download Charts

October 13, 2014 Uncategorized

This landmark documentary film about the war on drugs, which the Beckley Foundation co-sponsored and helped to launch, has reached the iTunes top download chart; it is in the top three documentary downloads. It might be a 2012 film, but its still of the utmost relevance, and it’s obviously still breaking new ground and changing minds. […]

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New Scientist Covers Beckley LSD Study

October 10, 2014 Uncategorized

LSD’s ability to make minds malleable revisited 15:32 09 October 2014 by Kevin Franciotti For similar stories, visit the Mental Health and Drugs and Alcohol Topic Guides Could taking LSD help people make peace with their neuroses? Psychiatrists in the 1960s certainly thought so. They carried out many studies looking at the effect of LSD and other psychedelics on people […]

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Healing trip: how psychedelic drugs could help treat depression

October 10, 2014 Uncategorized

The Observer, Sunday 5 October 2014. The research carried out as part of the Beckley Foundation/Imperial College Psychopharmacological Research Programme, of which David Nutt and Amanda Feilding are co-directors, has positive publicity in the Observer: Drugs Uncovered – The Truth about LSD. In this article David Derbyshire from the Guardian interviews David Nutt, Amanda Feilding […]

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Healing trip: how psychedelic drugs could help treat depression

October 9, 2014 Beckley in the Media

David Derbyshire – The Observer, Sunday 5 October 2014 The research carried out as part of the Beckley Foundation/Imperial College Psychopharmacological Research Programme, of which David Nutt and Amanda Feilding are co-directors, has positive publicity in the Observer: Drugs Uncovered – The Truth about LSD. In this article David Derbyshire from the Guardian interviews David […]

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A Report from the Special Session of the OAS General Assembly on Drug Policy

September 23, 2014 Global Policy News

The outcome of the 46 Special Session of the OAS General Assembly on drug policy leaves a somewhat bittersweet taste. On the one hand, it is clear that a new hemispheric consensus on drug policy is crystallising. Gone are the days when the rhetoric of the majority of countries supported, with blind ideological zeal, a […]

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The new report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy: a new consensus

September 10, 2014 Uncategorized

The UN Drug Conventions (1961, 1971, 1988) created a global system of drug prohibition that is inseparable from the illicit drug trade. This is because the enormous profits associated to the supply of these highly-desired substances have motivated criminal organisations to do all the necessary to ensure the [illegal] production, trafficking and sales of controlled […]

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New Crowdfunding Website for Beckley/Imperial Psilocybin Study

August 30, 2014 Uncategorized

New website to help raise funds for the Beckley Foundation/Imperial College Psychopharmacological Research Programme. ‘Psychedelicscience.org.uk was founded by Dr Robin Carhart-Harris in August 2014. Robin is a psychopharmacologist working at Imperial College London in the Centre for Neuropsychopharmacology, on scientific research with psychedelic drugs. Professor David Nutt is the Edmond J Safra Chair in Neuropsychopharmacology at […]

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Alcohol vs Magic Mushrooms (Infographic)

August 25, 2014 Uncategorized
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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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Amanda’s Video Tribute for Sasha Shulgin

August 3, 2014 Uncategorized

Today is the memorial service for the great chemist, thinker and ‘doer’: Sasha Shulgin. This is Amanda with a few words on Sasha; his generosity of spirit, his humble academic prowess and his warm sense of humour. He was a very good friend of Amanda’s, and will be sorely missed, both in this capacity and […]

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Beckley/Imperial Psychedelic Research Programme Releases New Research

June 16, 2014 Uncategorized

The effects of psilocybin and MDMA on between-network resting state functional connectivity in healthy volunteers Leor Roseman, Robert Leech, Amanda Feilding, David J. Nutt, and Robin L. Carhart-Harris In this new piece of research from the Beckley/Imperial Psychedelic research programme (published in Frontiers journal), the authors describe the differences in resting-state functional connectivity under two different psychoactive drugs (MDMA and […]

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Video: Ann and Sahsa Shulgin describing the ‘Shulgin Scale’ at Beckley Park

June 13, 2014 Uncategorized

  We are uploading this video in loving memory of Sasha, who died last week. He is a close friend of the Foundation, and one of our early scientific advisers. Amanda Feilding, Director of Beckley, on the sad death of her dear friend Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin: Sasha and Ann are two of my most beloved […]

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Beckley at the ISSDP Conference in Rome

May 21, 2014 Uncategorized

Beckley Director, Amanda Feilding, is in Rome for the 8th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP). It looks set to be a very interesting week, and our very own man in Rome (Juan) will be keeping us updated with tweets throughout the week. Join @BeckleyDrugs for updates live […]

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Amanda Feilding Talking Tonight at ‘Neurons to Nirvana’ Premier

May 12, 2014 Uncategorized

  Beckley Director, Amanda Feilding and Beckley scientific advisor, David Nutt, will tonight talk at a special premier screening of ‘Neuron’s to Nirvana’ – the film explores the history of five powerful psychedelic substances (LSD, Psilocybin, MDMA, Ayahuasca and Cannabis) and their now established medicinal potential. Amanda is featured in the film, which is available […]

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