British Countess Amanda Feilding began taking LSD as a comparative religions student at Oxford. Five decades later, she describes her first trips with aplomb.
"I thought it was ... very similar to mystical experiences I'd read about, and I came up with a hypothesis of how it worked on the brain," says Feilding, now 70.
Feilding sat in the lobby of Oakland Marriott Hotel with her filmmaker son and his friend, the luxury department store heir Omar Fayyed as she spoke with us about her life as a renowned drug researcher. Feilding conducts clinical trials on ecstasy and magic mushroom use in Russia and the UK; Fifteen years ago she launched her own charitable trust called the Beckley Foundation, and now she's using it to advocate for productive use of psychedelic drugs.More »