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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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We Are Recruiting

September 9, 2015 Uncategorized

These are exciting times both for the investigation of the science of drugs and for the development of better and fairer drug policies. The Beckley Foundation, a pioneering organisation in these fields, is currently seeking to appoint two new team members to expand its scope and reach. Drug Policy Officer A very well organised individual […]

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Prof. Nutt at Breaking Convention 2015

Watch Prof. David Nutt speak on Beckley/Imperial Research at Breaking Convention

August 18, 2015 Uncategorized

You can now watch the presentation that Professor David Nutt, who is Head of Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London, gave in July at Breaking Convention 2015. Alongside Beckley Foundation Director, Amanda Feilding, Prof. Nutt co-directs the Beckley/Imperial Psychedelic Research Programme and sits on the Beckley Foundation Scientific Advisory Board. The Beckley /Imperial Psychedelic Research Programme […]

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BAP 2015 Award Winners

Beckley/Imperial Team Members Win at British Association for Psychopharmacology Summer Meeting

August 13, 2015 Uncategorized

Congratulations to Beckley/Imperial Psychedelic Research Programme team members Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris and Mendel Kaelen, who have each won prizes at the British Association for Psychopharmacology Summer Meeting 2015. Dr. Carhart-Harris (m) with the other BAP award winners Dr. Carhart-Harris, who is the lead investigator of the Beckley/Imperial Psychedelic Research Programme, won the Junior Clinical Prize. […]

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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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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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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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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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Amanda Feilding on London Real

Amanda Feilding Talks Drug Policy Reform on London Real

May 26, 2015 Beckley in the Media

“It’s time to change: the War on Drugs has Failed.” – Amanda Feilding Amanda Feilding is the guest on the latest episode of London Real, and the first to be featured in their new-look studio. In it, Amanda discusses with Brian Rose the failings of current world drug policy, where the problems lie and how […]

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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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The Creative Brain

Could Psychedelics Catalyze Our Innate Creativity?

May 14, 2015 Beckley in the Media

reset.me by Gonzo Nieto, 13 May 2015 Thanks to the tireless efforts of researchers determined to study these controlled and controversial substances, research on the therapeutic applications of psychedelics is underway for the first time in decades. The medical uses of these substances to promote healing are just the beginning of their reintroduction into our […]

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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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Albert Hofmann

Amanda Feilding Shares Her Memories of Albert Hofmann on Bicycle Day

April 20, 2015 Beckley in the Media

“Albert was the most charming and possibly the happiest person I’ve ever met. Even at the age of 100, he had a twinkle in his eye—probably because he knew what a wonderful gift he had given to mankind,” said Feilding. “For a time he was filled with sorrow at his ‘wonder child’ becoming a ‘problem […]

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Amanda Feilding on Fubar Radio

April 15, 2015 Beckley in the Media

On Tuesday 14th April 2015, Amanda Feilding, director of the Beckley Foundation, spoke to Tom Latchem on Fubar Radio, London about the LSD research – part of the Beckley/Imperial Research Programme -, our crowdfunding campaign with Walacea.com, the recent work of the Beckley Foundation, and the state of international drug policy.  

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

April 8, 2015 Beckley in the Media

“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.” […]

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Mapping the psychedelic brain: how LSD is making a comeback

March 26, 2015 Beckley in the Media

Can drugs help depression? Crowdfunding allows science researchers to bypass institutional reservations and study taboo subjects. New Statesman by Ian Steadman  25 March, 2015 More than 40 years after its prohibition by the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, LSD is making a comeback. Earlier this month came an announcement from Professor David Nutt that the first-ever brain-scanning […]

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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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Psychedelic Science Should Not Be Feared, It Should Be Encouraged

March 17, 2015 Beckley in the Media

Huffington Post – the Blog by Amanda Feilding Posted: 11/03/2015 13:59 GMT  Thinking is at the heart of what makes us human. Innate intellectual curiosity shapes our well-being. A clear example of this potential can be found in mortality statistics. At the beginning of last century in Britain, life expectancy was approximately 50 years. Nowadays, it is […]

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Psychedelic drugs like LSD could be used to treat depression, study suggests

March 10, 2015 Beckley in the Media

Researchers warn that patients are missing out on potential benefits due to prohibitive regulations on research into recreational drugs Hannah Devlin – The Guardian 5th March 2015 Psychedelic drugs could prove to be highly effective treatments for depression and alcoholism, according to scientists who have obtained the first brain scans of people under the influence […]

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This is your brain on LSD? Scientists want to find out

March 9, 2015 Beckley in the Media

Amanda Feilding talks to Parvati Shallows of CBS News about our crowdfunding campaign and the Beckley Foundation Psychedelic Research Programme. CBS News – March 6th 2015 Would you pay money to support a scientific experiment involving illegal drugs? “We went into it tenuously and have been delighted by the response,” said Fielding. “It’s an incredibly […]

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“What the results of the cannabis trial show is that Prohibition must end”

March 5, 2015 Policy

The social life of the cannabis plant dates back to more than ten millenia. Many studies have been written on this subject, but they tend to focus on the problematic aspects of use, which are suffered by a small percentage of the total number of users. The policies of prohibition have reinforced this negative bias, […]

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Amanda Feilding interviewed for Channel 4 Drugs:Live

March 5, 2015 Beckley in the Media

Amanda Feilding, Director of the Beckley Foundation, talks to Alan Hayling of Renegade Pictures for Channel 4’s Drugs Live: “Cannabis is an amazing medicine, that is what millions of people around the world are saying. And they’re going to the extent of breaking the law in order to take cannabis because it is medicating their […]

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Beckley Foundation’s Research on Psychedelics

March 5, 2015 Uncategorized