Sadly, Huges talked so much about his theories, which included everyone taking acid, that he was ultimately kicked out of the country. âA knock on the door in the middle of the night of the Foreign Office,â Feilding said. Mellen, who was Huges’s disciple, then made three disastrous attempts at the procedure, including one where a drill broke, and a friend who knew him told me: âHe came down to his neighbor, bleeding, asking them if they had a spare drill. bit.’ Mellen later wrote a book on trepanation, titled Borehole.
Feilding, after four years of trying to find a doctor to trephine her, finally injected himself with a local anesthetic, shaved his hair and used a dentist’s drill, and filmed it.
This film, she considers it a work of art, but it is not for the faint of heart. She once showed it to an invited audience. âThe punks have passed out. People were falling to the ground like ripe plums. Nonetheless, she still subscribes to this faith and once again trepanned in Mexico. ‘The shift in consciousness is subtle.’
Her second husband, James Charteris, the 13th Earl of Wemyss and the 9th Earl of March, whom Feilding married under the Curved Pyramid in Egypt in 1995, was trepanned in Cairo the following year. You have to admire the persuasive power of women.
When neuroimaging entered medical practice in the 1970s, Feilding hoped brain scans would show the benefits of trepanation, but they did not. Where they agree with him, however, is in the effects of psychedelics on the brain, where there is an increase in electrical activity, not blood flow. Now scientists have started to explore the possible benefits of these banned substances, taken in therapeutic settings.
This is where scientific research is going. Imperial College has conducted studies on treatment-resistant depression using psilocybin, found in magic mushrooms. Psychedelics are also used to stop alcohol smoking addictions. In Germany, researchers at Maastricht University, working with Feilding, are studying LSD microdosing as a way to improve mood.
The Beckley Foundation will soon be launching a study into the effects of ibogaine, a potent psychoactive substance derived from the root bark, as a therapy for Parkinson’s disease. Researchers from Beckley are currently in Brazil to study the effects of ayahuasca, a leaf brew long used by Amazonian tribes for spiritual purposes, which they hope can help people overcome heroin addiction. .
Other studies show that LSD can help people with a terminal illness, by relieving both pain and anxiety, and may be part of hospice care. The possibilities of benefits for people with Alzheimer’s disease have yet to be explored, but there is no doubt how these drugs increase neuroplasticity.
Feilding herself likes LSD as “the purest and cleanest of all”. She finds MDMA rather superficial. And I worry about the possibility of ketamine being addictive. She doesn’t have time for opiates at all.
In order for Feilding to be taken seriously in the scientific world, she had to have a game plan. As she herself admits, âI have no letters after my names. As a single woman, how can I change drug policy? And so, ‘I became a foundation. I knew I had to bring together the best scientists around me.
Her attempt to change drug policy is political – âWe need a new regulatory framework that benefits everyoneâ – but she says, âI’m not a political person. I would like to be inspired by politics. I would like to have a good conversation with Boris. On the contrary, we are withdrawing from a booming industry.
Now Feilding is part of the gold rush. âIt took 60 years to get here. We need to speed up our research. His goal is to build an ethical business that puts people before profit, “but the roadblock is broken and everyone wants to be involved.”
Just before the start of the pandemic, I had myself seen how much money was revolving around âthe psychedelic rebirthâ when I did a mushroom retreat in Amsterdam. The truffles we took there, containing psilocybin, were legal. The cost of the retreat was Â£ 2,000 a pop and my fellow psychonauts were as far removed from the hippies as you can imagine.
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