For our founders, Lady Amanda Feilding and Cosmo Feilding Mellen, psychedelic medicines have been a lifelong and inter-generational vocation.
Amanda has dedicated over 50 years to the scientific exploration of psychedelics in the belief that modern science can be used to understand, validate, and optimise the healing potential of psychedelic medicines. In 1998 Amanda set up (and continues to run) the Beckley Foundation, a non-profit NGO focused on evidence-based drug policy reform and scientific research into psychedelic medicines.
Over the last 20 years the Beckley Foundation has become a world-famous pioneer in psychedelic research. Amanda has been dubbed “the hidden hand” behind the renaissance in psychedelic science, featured on the Guardian’s list of the Bravest Men and Women in the History of Science, and has personally co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications on the subject, many with ground-breaking results.
Highlights of the Beckley Foundation’s work include:
Study on psychedelics and cerebral circulation
First Ethics Committee approval of LSD study since prohibition
Beckley-Imperial Psychedelic Research Program
Global public letter for Drug Policy Reform
First ever brain imaging study on psilocybin