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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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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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Channel 4’s Drugs Live: Cannabis on Trial – Press Release

March 3, 2015 Featured Slider

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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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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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 Interviewed In New Statesman

September 20, 2012 Beckley in the Media

Amanda Feilding, Director of the Beckley Foundation, on what’s wrong with our drug laws – and how magic mushrooms might help treat depression.

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Beckley Foundation Inagurated at Guatemalan Palace

July 5, 2012 Beckley Foundation in Guatemala

President Otto Pérez Molina has launched our Latin American Chapter in Guatemala at a ceremony at the Presidential Palace, in the presence of senior members of the Government and Judiciary. The President also signed our Public Letter calling for an end to the War on Drugs (photo). He is the first incumbent Head of Government […]

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President Otto Pérez Molina Launches Beckley Foundation in Guatemala

July 2, 2012 Beckley Foundation in Guatemala

President of Guatemala: War on Drugs has Failed Pérez launches Beckley Foundation Guatemala and signs Beckley Public Letter July 2012 The Beckley Foundation is launching in Guatemala at the invitation of President Otto Pérez Molina, in order to assist in the development of new and more effective drug policies. The President will sign the Beckley […]

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The Beckley Foundation: REWRITING THE UN DRUG CONVENTIONS

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Click the LINK below for full PDF Document BF_Rewriting UN Conv-summary (1)

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Magic mushrooms, international law and the failed ‘war on drugs’, Amanda Feilding

February 8, 2012 Featured Slider

 Recent research suggesting potential therapeutic benefits of psilocybin focuses attention on the need to reform drug laws It’s been a busy fortnight. First the publication of two major peer-reviewed research papers about magic mushrooms that attracted worldwide publicity. Then off to Prague for an international drugs policy symposium. And just last week, news of a […]

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Global Initiative for Drug Policy Reform

November 15, 2011 Featured Slider

www.reformdrugpolicy.com (Launched 16/11/11) Objectives To promote health-oriented, cost-effective drug policies based on scientific evidence and human rights. To support the rational redistribution of resources away from criminalisation and incarceration and towards healthcare, education and rehabilitation. To bring together and provide a forum for a) the Global Commission on Drug Policy; b) countries who have successfully […]

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Report of the Global Commission on Drug Policy

June 3, 2011 Featured Slider

Thursday June 2, 2011 saw the publication of the Global Commissions Report on Drug Policy which implores that we begin the transformation of the current prohibitionist approach to drug policy (which has been based on ideology and political convenience) into the development of evidence-based, cost-effective, harm-reducing drug policies.  These are aims that the Beckley Foundation has […]

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War on drugs not working, says global commission

June 2, 2011 Featured Slider

Governments should end criminalisation of drugs, according to high profile panel, including Kofi Annan and Sir Richard Branson Associated Press guardian.co.uk, Thursday 2 June 2011 08.51 BST The global war on drugs has failed and governments should explore legalising marijuana and other controlled substances, according to a commission that includes former heads of state and […]

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Taking Drugs Seriously

May 17, 2011 Featured Slider

A report published by Demos/UKDPC entitled Taking Drugs Seriously, sets out clearly how legal highs have exposed the antiquated Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (MDA) as totally inadequate legislation. They propose a whole new range of regulatory controls for the 600 or so drugs (and growing) covered by the act. Since first coming to public […]

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The Healing Effects of Ecstasy

May 16, 2011 Featured Slider

Curiouser and Curiouser: Could Ecstasy Actually Heal Brains as well as Minds? Beckley Foundation Scientific advisor and collaborator Professor David Nutt talks about an interesting new study (that has not received any media attention), which shows that MDMA (ecstasy) actually improves recovery from brain injury rather than worsening it. For 30 years we have had […]

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APPG and The Beckley Foundation in the Media

March 24, 2011 Beckley in the Media

The Times, Monday March 21, 2011 Dear Sir, A new All Party Parliamentary Group has been launched to promote the urgent need for drug policy reform. The launch coincides with the 50thanniversay of the 1961 United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.  Although the rhetoric of the ‘War on Drugs’ was to come later the […]

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Former Heads of MI5, CPS and BBC all say – the War on Drugs has Failed

March 21, 2011 Beckley in the Media

The “war on drugs” has failed and should be abandoned in favour of evidence-based policies that treat addiction as a health problem, according to prominent public figures including former heads of MI5 and the Crown Prosecution Service. To discuss alternatives to the current prohibitionist approach the Beckley Foundation along with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on […]

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Brain Scans Used to Diagnose Alzheimers Diesease

March 8, 2011 Featured Slider

Brain scans are being used to spot the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease in a UK-based pilot that could revolutionise its diagnosis. Doctors are using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to look at whether particular parts of the brain have started to shrink, which is a key physiological sign of Alzheimer’s. By comparing the scans […]

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Study Claims: Cannabis ‘doubles risk of psychotic episodes’

March 2, 2011 Featured Slider

A new study has claimed that cannabis-use increases the risk of developing psychotic symptoms. The 10 year longitudinal study published in the British Medical Journal has provoked widespread media comment, though certain facts have been ‘glossed over’. As ever, with such a sensitive subject, the media appear keen to focus on the sensationalistic side of […]

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David Cameron: A World View Interview

February 28, 2011 Featured Slider

The Beckley Foundation is concerned by David Cameron’s recent comments on drug policy reform. Speaking in an interview with Al Jazeera TV, the British Prime Minister was asked specifically about marijuana legalisation, education and control. This question was the second most popular submitted and voted for by the channels viewers. With a similar question posed […]

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Addiction: A Life Long Illness Not Lifestyle Choice

February 28, 2011 Featured Slider

In this article Beckley Foundation Scientific Advisor and Collaborator Professor David Nutt talks about Addiction and how it is a major health issue for the UK and the world that costs as much as all other mental illnesses combined. At its core addiction is a state of altered brain function that leads to fundamental changes […]

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Cannabis as a Substitute for Alcohol and Other Drugs

February 23, 2011 Cannabis

A study by Amanda Reiman at University of California, Berkeley examined drug and alcohol use, and the occurrence of substitution among medical cannabis patients. Previous research in this field has suggested that medical cannabis patients might be using more alcohol than non patients, and might also have a higher instance of alcohol abuse than the […]

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Ecstasy Does Not Wreck the Mind

February 21, 2011 Featured Slider

The drug known as ecstasy has been used by 12 million people in the United States alone and millions more worldwide.  Past research has suggested that ecstasy users perform worse than non-users on some tests of mental ability.  But there are concerns that the methods used to conduct that research were flawed, and the experiments […]

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Propaganda NOT Science?

February 15, 2011 Featured Slider

A new publication has claimed that using cannabis can hasten the onset of psychotic illnesses. The study by Dr. Matthew Large has sparked great debate over the supposed correlation between cannabis use and psychosis. The key finding within the study, which has been posted on YouTube and all over the internet, is that “psychosis associated […]

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Miaow Miaow Ban Caused More Harm Than Good

February 14, 2011 Featured Slider

A recent survey by the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs, whose members include Beckley Foundation collaborators Professors Valerie Curran and David Nutt has revealed that users have noticed little difference in their ability to get hold of mephedrone, which is nicknamed miaow miaow, since it was banned. The report, the key findings of which are […]

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Kill or Cure? First Reflections on the New Government Drug Strategy

February 9, 2011 Featured Slider

Beckley Foundation Scientific advisor Professor David Nutt talks about the new Government strategies to drug treatment. Cure not treatment seems to be the key message in the new government drug strategy.  Current discussions appear to suggest that treatment of heroin addicts with substitute therapies such as methadone and buprenorphine may be time limited. Addicts will […]

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Drugs as Instruments – A New Framework for Non-addictive Psychoactive Drug Use

February 8, 2011 Featured Slider

A shortly to be published article in Behavioural and Brain Sciences by Christian  Müller and Gunter Schumann greatly supports the message that the Beckley Foundation has been trying to promote for years that there is a distinction between Drug Use and Drug Abuse, many people use drugs throughout their lives without causing  harm to themselves […]

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US Continues to Back ‘Messy’ Violence in Mexico:

February 7, 2011 Featured Slider

US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has expressed her support towards Mexican President Felipe Calderon in his aggressive stance against the drug trafficking organisations (DTOs) that continue to plague his country. Furthermore, these DTOs have increasingly brought instability to Central America as well as Mexico and have even lead Guatemala to declare a State of […]

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Colombia to Rethink Drug Stance?

February 1, 2011 Featured Slider

Two major events have occurred recently which could perhaps be viewed as indications of a governmental re-evaluation of drug policy. President Juan Manuel Santos was recently in France trying to encourage Foreign Direct Investment and grace a higher profile for his country in world affairs. Santos was asked his opinions on the illegal drug trade […]

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Experiences of Psilocybin in BF Study

February 1, 2011 Featured Slider

Part of the Beckley Foundation/Imperial College Psychedelic Research Program In the worlds first study with psilocybin and fMRI the Beckley Foundation’s director Amanda Feilding, working with Professor David Nutt and Dr Carhart Harris, have investigated the effects of psilocybin on blood flow in the brain using fMRI to identify the functional brain correlates of the […]

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