Amanda Feilding is the co-founder of brainwaving.com and Director of The Beckley Foundation, a charitable trust that was set up to investigate consciousness and its changing states from a multidisciplinary perspective. Through its Science Programme the Foundation initiates, develops and conducts world-class research that will improve not only our scientific understanding of consciousness, but also provide practical information to help optimize health and well being. The Foundation is working at the frontiers of the renaissance of psychedelic research. It is also undertaking pioneering research into cerebral circulation and its impact on the aging process, including possible ways to counteract some of its debilitating effects. Collaborative work initiated by the Foundation has brought about not only the first research into LSD with human participants since prohibition, but also the first explanation of the physiology underlying the beneficial effects of the ancient procedure of trepanation.
In addition to the Science Programme, the Beckley Foundation conducts a Drug Policy Programme which is dedicated to providing a rigorous, independent review of global drug policy. The Foundation's overarching aim is to reduce the harms associated with both the misuse of drugs and the policies that aim to control them. To this end, the Foundation commissions reports, alongside organising international seminars which promote informed debate among leading experts from around the world on the many issues surrounding drugs. The intention of the Foundation is to help develop policies that are evidence-based and rational, rather than those that are ineffectual, due to being rooted in unsubstantiated ideology.
In 1998 the UN declared: “a drug-free world, we can do it!” In reality, we cannot.
The War on Drugs has failed. According to all available indices, it is no longer defendable. Vast expenditure on drug law enforcement has resulted in increasing levels of overall drug-use and lowered drug prices.... April 11th, 2011 | Drug Policy | Read More
Tan Le’s astonishing new computer interface reads its user’s brainwaves, making it possible to control virtual objects, and even physical electronics, with mere thoughts (and a little concentration). She demos the headset, and talks about its far-reaching applications.
Tan Le is the head... July 28th, 2010 | Science of the Mind | Read More
It’s great to be here today, with so many companeros, on this eve of the 16th of April, the day 67 years ago, when Albert Hoffman accidentally experienced his first LSD-trip, which launched the thousand ships on which we now sail.
I set up the Beckley Foundation in 1998 for the purpose of scientifically... April 25th, 2010 | Science of the Mind | Read More
Cannabis Policy: Moving Beyond Stalemate, analyzes cannabis policies around the world and lays out the advantages of a fully regulated legal market and how a country can overcome the international conventions in order to have policies that better suites its individual needs. Below is an excerpt from... March 1st, 2010 | Drug Policy | Read More
William Leith used to take painkillers morning and night – for the headaches he had and the headaches he worried he might get. He’s not alone. As the instant-relief market explodes, he investigates: are too many pills too much of a good thing?
From the Guardian.
When I was growing up in... February 25th, 2010 | Drug Policy | Read More
This recent article from The Financial Times reports on the scientific progress the Beckley Foundation has been making in the last few years.
A British charity is stepping up efforts to rehabilitate LSD, one of the world’s best-known “recreational” drugs, for medicinal use.
The Beckley Foundation,... February 16th, 2010 | Science of the Mind | Read More
Evolver.net, MAPS, the Beckley Foundation, and Brainwaving present
Evolvers Spores: The Future of Psychedelics
For millennia, cultures around the world expanded minds and visions with “teacher plants” – what we commonly know today as psychedelics. The widespread popularity of LSD during the 1960s... February 10th, 2010 | Altered States | Read More
THE effects of cannabis on mental health have attracted much attention over the years. As far back as the 19th century it was recognised that cannabis could induce a transient psychosis which mimics the symptoms of schizophrenia. Despite this, until the last decade or so, most psychiatrists regarded... January 29th, 2010 | Drug Policy | Read More
Pop quiz: Which European country has the most liberal drug laws? (Hint: It’s not the Netherlands.)
Although its capital is notorious among stoners and college kids for marijuana haze–filled “coffee shops,” Holland has never actually legalized cannabis — the Dutch simply don’t... January 20th, 2010 | Drug Policy | Read More
We are to share the good news that Beckley’s friend and collaborator Prof. Dave Nutt is getting the recognition and public support that his brave stand deserves.
A hedge fund manager is providing financial backing to a new independent drugs committee set up by the former chief drugs adviser dismissed... January 18th, 2010 | Drug Policy | Read More