Beckley in the Media

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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PRESS RELEASE Channel 4’s DRUGS LIVE: CANNABIS

March 3, 2015 Beckley in the Media

Live TV programme features pioneering cannabis study showing effects of different cannabis varieties. Cannabis is the most widely used illicit substance in the world. In the UK, half of 16-29 year olds have used it at least once in their life. And yet, while hundreds of thousands of studies have documented the ‘problematic’ aspects of […]

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Don’t freak out: LSD may aid cancer victims

February 16, 2015 Beckley in the Media

15 February 2015 Tony Allen-Mills of the Sunday Times explores the research carried out by the Beckley/Imperial Psychedelic Research Programme into the effects of LSD on the human brain. “We’ve got a long way to go to overcome the taboo,” said Amanda Feilding, the Countess of Wemyss and March. She is a leading British drug […]

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The Trip Treatment

February 9, 2015 Beckley in the Media

Research into psychedelics, shut down for decades, is now yielding exciting results. The New Yorker – Annals of Medicine February 9, 2015 Issue Amanda Feilding co-directs, together with Prof. David Nutt, the Beckley Foundation/Imperial College Psychedelic Research Programme. Through this collaboration, we co-designed the first-ever brain-imaging study featured in the upcoming edition of The New […]

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Get drunk without a hangover on synthetic booze

January 23, 2015 Beckley in the Media

Together with Prof David Nutt we’re developing new tools to fight alcohol harms. Professor David Nutt has developed two new drugs that could do away with liver damage and alcohol-induced shame By Rebecca Burn-Callander, and Zoe Cormier The Telegraph 22 Jan 2015 “Alcohol uniquely masquerades as a number of neurotransmitters. Booze is the ultimate molecular […]

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Amanda Feilding on BBC Radio Oxford

November 12, 2014 Beckley in the Media

On Monday 10th November 2014 the director of the Beckley Foundation was invited onto Phil Gayle’s popular breakfast programme to discuss medical cannabis, the work of the foundation and the current UK drug policy. In order to introduce the subject Nicola Lawrence of BBC Oxford interviews a man from Didcot who uses cannabis as pain […]

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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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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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