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Amanda Feilding - Drug Policy Reform


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 P√©rez 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!


00:00 | Trailer
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 society11:26 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.


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