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 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!

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 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 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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Wow what an amazing journey Amanda has been on! What a blessing she is. Thanks for bringing us this very informative video Brian and the London Real team. Much respect.


Great interview.

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Mark Moto

Amanda is such a delightful character and it was a pleasure to watch this, hope she carries on with her work for years to come. Also Brian keep up your good works aswell .

Russ Patchitt

She was simply lovely. But I would not challenge her.

Gabriel González

Vimeo is working bad for me 🙁

Jaro Infomark

Is there any way I can download audio to listen while commuting?

Luis Solarat

Very curious about the relationship between blood pressure and levels of consciousness. Somebody has more information about?

Max Keeling

what a fascinating person and lived an interesting life. Definitely got me thinking…

Louis Dickinson

Fantastic interview, the Beckley Foundation is a beacon of hope in a society with so much hatred or more like ignorance towards taboo substances. I would love to see more activism around drug reform. Before the general election, labour leader Ed Milliband was asked about cannabis legalisation, his half answer was “If it’s illegal, we have no reason to legalise it”. When asked “So if your child was found smoking pot, would you hand him to the police?” he danced around the question knowing how important the view on drugs is to this political system.

Swithun Gibbs-kennet

Wheres the mp3 download link ? Please

Jonathan Waller

I need to watch this again at some point, blood flow, ego, vit c its all to much for me in one go. Absolutely opened up my thought process to PTSD.