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A New Year Letter from Amanda Feilding

January 4, 2016 Uncategorized

A Letter from Amanda Feilding, Executive Director of the Beckley Foundation

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Take part in psychedelic research from Beckley collaborators at Johns Hopkins

December 14, 2015 Uncategorized

The States of Consciousness Research Team at Johns Hopkins needs your help. The team has collaborated with the Beckley Foundation on a study investigating “overcoming nicotine addiction with psilocybin-aided psychotherapy” They are conducting an anonymous, web-based research study to characterize experiences that fundamentally altered your beliefs or understanding about death and dying. Good science is […]

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Charles Nesson interviews Ras Iyah V

December 3, 2015 Beckley in the Media

Ras Iyah V, President of the Westmoreland Hemp and Ganja Farmers Association in Jamaica, gives a fascinating and revealing interview with Charles Nesson, of Harvard Law in the video below. Ras Iyah V spoke at the Beckley Foundation’s recent conference “Jamaica’s Regulated Cannabis Industry: First Steps” which was jointly held with the Jamaican Government. He […]

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Amanda Feilding’s Call for Regulation of Psychedelics featured in Rolling Stone

December 3, 2015 Beckley in the Media

Acid Tests Turn 50: Wavy Gravy, Merry Prankster Ken Babbs Look Back In a fascinating article from Rolling Stone which discusses the history of LSD and the 1960s counterculture on the 50th Anniversary of the first ‘Acid Test’, our Executive Director, Amanda Feidling’s recent call for rescheduling and regulation of LSD and other psychedelics is […]

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New study from Beckley collaboration supports therapeutic potential of Ayahuasca by showing increased mindfulness

November 30, 2015 Beckley in the Media

Beckley Foundation collaborator Jordi Riba and his team at Sant Pau Hospital in Barcelona have just published a study in the journal Psychopharmacology, co-authored by the Beckley’s Executive Director, Amanda Feilding, which shows that one of the ways ayahuasca achieves its reported therapeutic effects is by increasing people’s capacity for mindfulness – the same capacity […]

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‘The Sunshine Makers’ – New Documentary on LSD and 1960s counterculture.

November 26, 2015 Uncategorized

‘The Sunshine Makers’ is the new documentary directed by Cosmo Feilding-Mellen, son of Amanda Feilding. Exploring the story of Nick Sand and Tim Scully, the creators of the now famous Orange Sunshine LSD, ‘The Sunshine Makers’ tells of the duo’s mission to ‘turn on the world’ throughout the 1960s and 70s. The film has been […]

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Mark Golding, Jamaican Minister of Justice, Honoured at the International Drug Reform Conference 2015

November 23, 2015 Beckley in the Media

This weekend at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference 2015, it was wonderful to see those who work hard to achieve real change in global drug policy being honoured. Jamaican Minister of Justice, Mark Golding, whom Amanda Feilding and the Beckley Foundation have been advising in building Jamaica’s regulated cannabis industry, was give the Kurt […]

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The Beckley Foundation calls for regulation of LSD and other psychedelics for recreational use at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference.

November 19, 2015 Press Releases

Press Release The Beckley Foundation calls for regulation of LSD and other psychedelics for recreational use at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference. The Beckley Foundation, through its Founder and Executive Director Amanda Feilding, is urging for ground-breaking reforms to grant legal access, not only to cannabis, but also to MDMA, LSD, “magic mushrooms”, and […]

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Beckley Foundation Conference ‘Jamaica’s Regulated Cannabis Industry: First Steps’ an Immense Success

November 19, 2015 Policy

Amanda Feilding and the Beckley Foundation are proud to have joined with the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Industry, Investment & Commerce in hosting such a successful conference: “Jamaica’s Regulated Cannabis Industry: First Steps”. Amanda Feilding, Founder and Director of the Beckley Foundation, says the conferences gave her “great hope for the future […]

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‘Jamaica’s Regulated Cannabis Industry: First Steps’ Flyer

November 14, 2015 Uncategorized
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Jamaica’s Pioneering Journey Towards Cannabis Regulation

November 14, 2015 Beckley in the Media

This article first appeared in the Huffington Post on 14th November By respecting human rights, religious freedoms and granting access to medicine, Jamaica is now leading the world in compassionate, evidence-based drug policy. It is wonderful that Jamaica has now not only decriminalised cannabis, eliminating previous convictions for possession, but has also fully acknowledged the […]

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Beckley Foundation collaborates with Jamaican Ministries of Justice & Industry in a conference on Jamaica’s cannabis reforms and regulations

November 14, 2015 Press Releases

The Beckley Foundation, in partnership with the Jamaican Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Industry, Investment & Commerce, has organised a two-day conference entitled “Jamaica’s Regulated Cannabis Industry: First Steps” taking place in Negril on November 13 and 14, 2015, to coincide with the inaugural Rastafari RootzFest and World Cannabis Cup 2015. Following recent […]

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‘Jamaica’s Regulated Cannabis Industry: First Steps’ Programme

November 13, 2015 Uncategorized
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Beckley Foundation, in collaboration with the Jamaican Government, present the conference: ‘Jamaica’s Regulated Cannabis Industry: First Steps’

November 10, 2015 Policy

The Beckley Foundation, in partnership with the Jamaican Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Industry, Investment & Commerce, has organised a two-day conference entitled “Jamaica’s Regulated Cannabis Industry: First Steps” taking place in Negril on November 13 and 14, 2015, to coincide with the inaugural Rastafari RootzFest and World Cannabis Cup 2015. Following recent […]

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Amanda Feilding responds to the leaked UNODC briefing paper recommending decriminalisation of all drugs

October 19, 2015 Beckley in the Media

A paper from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has been leaked which recommends that UN members consider “decriminalising drug use and possession for personal consumption”. Our Director, Amanda Feilding has published her response below. This is wonderful news; in 2006 I commissioned the Beckley Foundation Global Cannabis Commission to investigate how best […]

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Listen to Amanda Feilding Debate Cannabis Legalisation on BBC Radio 5 Live

October 19, 2015 Beckley in the Media

On Monday 5th of October, Amanda Feilding, Director of the Beckley Foundation was invited to debate Cannabis regulation on BBC Radio 5 Live. The debate took place as part of the build towards the discussion in parliament of an e-petition asking for cannabis regulation: Make the production, sale and use of cannabis legal Legalising cannabis […]

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Research and Rewards – The Beckley Foundation Psychedelic Science Seminar 2015

September 22, 2015 Uncategorized

Last Wednesday 16th of September, we hosted the Beckley Foundation Psychedelic Science Seminar 2015, a celebration of the pioneering research that we have co-developed through the Beckley/Imperial Psychedelic Research Programme since 2009. At the centre of this gathering was the presentation of preliminary results for our latest project, the first-ever brain imaging study on LSD. […]

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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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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 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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