Psychology

A trip with the acid countess: Amanda Feilding and the medical case for drugs reform

As the National Health Service and politicians struggle with Britain’s mental health crisis, Feilding is aiming to achieve a “desperately needed paradigm shift in psychiatry”. “Psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy” would give patients a dose of a mind-altering drug in a controlled environment, with a therapist on hand to discuss their thoughts.

“Right from the beginning, compounds such as mushrooms were used to change human behaviour,” she says. “I think they were behind the creation, to a large degree, of language, art, medicine, music, spirituality – really helping motivate what made humans human.” Small LSD doses, they discovered [in the 1960’s], improved their chances of winning at Go, the fiendishly strategic Chinese board game, and their accuracy when bowling cricket balls.

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A trip with the acid countess: Amanda Feilding and the medical case for drugs reform
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