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Amanda Feilding is not only a recognised artist and scientist but also carries the title, Countess of Wemyss and March. Born into a family of rich aristocratic heritage she seems an unlikely advocate for psychedelic drug policy reform, but she is leading one of the most informed and rational conversations with the donation funded Beckley Foundation – of which she is the founder and Director.
The Beckley Foundation is a UK-based think-tank that, since its establishment in 1998, has been at the forefront of global drug policy reform and scientific research into the potential medical benefits of psychoactive substances, with a particular focus on cannabis and the psychedelics. The Foundation’s Scientific Programme collaborates with leading experts and institutions on a wide range of projects investigating the neurophysiology, pharmacology and subjective effects of meditation and psychoactive substances.
This pioneering research has shed much light on the mechanisms of action of these substances, their therapeutic potential and consciousness itself. The Foundation’s Policy Programme has greatly influenced global drug policy reform. The Foundation had been responsible for organising a series of pivotal international seminars at the House of Lords, publishing over 40 much-cited books and reports, holding numerous meetings with thought-leaders, and advising other policy makers such as President Pérez Molina of Guatemala on drug policy reform.
Amanda is changing the conversation and perhaps is one of the most exciting guests relating to the field of drug reform that we’ve had on the show. Your mind will be blown, don’t miss it!
01:25 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
05:18 Brian’s Introduction.
06:20 A life directed towards the quest of altered states of consciousness for the benefit of the individual and society
11:26 The war on drugs is a disaster for human happiness.
15:50 Its a language problem.
18:14 Problems with obtaining drugs for approved research.
20:33 Drug research, tiring but not thankless work.
23:08 Knowledge gained from the Psilocybin study.
29:49 Perceived benefits of MDMA for trauma cases and use in psychotherapy.
33:38 What the sacking of Professor David Nutt said about drug policy and politics.
36:10 How the intellectual battle in the war on drugs was won.
40:51 Power of politics effects of the drug policy.
43:08 Amanda Feilding’s bucket list for future study.
46:34 How growing up at Breckley Park shaped her.
48:24 What it is like to be a Countess.
50:06 Why Amanda Feilding would like to support research into the possible benefits of trepanning.
56:24 Success secrets.
57:22 A need for funding for further research.
1:01:10 The psychedelic closet.
1:02:29 Phone call to the 20 year old Amanda Feilding.
1:03:06 Two interesting pieces of advice she received.
1:05:08 What she thinks drug policy will be in 50 years.
1:08:32 Advice to 20 year old who would like to help move drug policy and knowledge forward.
1:10:54 Why are we so scared of our own consciousness.as humans?
1:15:05 Dealing with the ego.
1:16:32 Modern society takes science seriously.
1:17:32 Brian’s summing up.
Amanda Feilding links:
Amanda Feilding on Wikipedia
The Beckley Foundation on Facebook and Twitter
Donate to the Beckley Foundation to help fund their valuable research: http://www.
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Global Commission on Drug Policy
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