scientific research and pioneering research on lsd

Since 1998, the Beckley Foundation has collaborated with leading international institutions to produce evidence-based research around LSD and neurological activity. As a personal friend of Albert Hoffman (the inventor of LSD), Beckley Foundation Director Amanda Feilding has always had a passion for scientific discovery involving LSD and has published numerous reports on the drug.

In 2013, the Beckley Foundation, in collaboration with Imperial College London, will become the first organisation ever to use modern brain-imaging technology (fMRI and MEG) during an LSD experience. Alongside the neuro-imaging, we shall measure the effects of the drug on perception and on the functions of self-reflection and auto-biographical memory recollection. We expect that this research will elucidate the mechanisms that underlie changing state of consciousness, highlighting new avenues for potential medical and therapeutic treatment.

Psilocybin’s effects on the brain and Aldous Huxley’s ‘reducing valve’ of consciousness: blog reaction to Beckley-Imperial Psilocybin research

January 27, 2012 LSD

In the popular science blog io9, Robert T. Gonzales ties up findings from this week’s Beckley Foundation-Imperial College Psilocybin paper in the PNAS with Aldous Huxley’s ‘reducing valve’ hypothesis, initially presented in his 1954 book The Doors of Perception (http://mescaline.com/huxley.htm); also, to more recent theorising by Karl Friston of University College London (http://www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/~karl/), who postulates, in […]

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History of Psychedelic Research in the United Kingdom

February 1, 2011 Featured Video

This presentation by Dr. Ben Sessa is on the History of Psychedelic Research in the UK, with particular reference to the work of Dr Ronald Sandison and LSD treatment explored by the maverick psychiatrist Panel: Psychedelic Psychotherapy. This video is from the Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century, a conference in San Jose, California, April […]

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Swiss Pilot Study Investigating the use of LSD in the Palliative care of the Dying

September 2, 2010 LSD

The first clinical study involving LSD in psychotherapy for many years has recently achieved full approvals from the Swiss authorities. This will investigate the safety and efficacy of LSD as part of a palliative treatment programme to ease pain and pre-death anxiety in those suffering from terminal illnesses.

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Cluster Headaches – A New Treatment?

September 2, 2010 LSD

The goal of this research is to increase the understanding of the underlying causes of Cluster Headaches and also develop a treatment plan using Bromo-LSD which will decrease the pain, severity, and duration of each attack.

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