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Publisher Description

The true story of how a renowned writer’s struggle with mood storms led her to try a remedy as drastic as it is forbidden: microdoses of LSD. Her revealing, fascinating journey provides a window into one family and the complex world of a once-infamous drug seen through new eyes.

When a small vial arrives in her mailbox from "Lewis Carroll," Ayelet Waldman is at a low point. Her moods have become intolerably severe; she has tried nearly every medication possible; her husband and children are suffering with her. So she opens the vial, places two drops on her tongue, and joins the ranks of an underground but increasingly vocal group of scientists and civilians successfully using therapeutic microdoses of LSD. As Waldman charts her experience over the course of a month--bursts of productivity, sleepless nights, a newfound sense of equanimity--she also explores the history and mythology of LSD, the cutting-edge research into the drug, and the byzantine policies that control it. Drawing on her experience as a federal public defender, and as the mother of teenagers, and her research into the therapeutic value of psychedelics, Waldman has produced a book that is eye-opening, often hilarious, and utterly enthralling.

Biographies & Memoirs
January 10
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

tinker61 ,

Fabulous Book!

This was an fascinating and educational book. It raises important questions that really show why things need to change. I couldn't put it down once I started, it was totally engrossing. Wish "Micro-dosing" was possible for more people!

Wannabe microdoser ,

It was okay but ....

Interesting topic but the ratio of the word "I" to all other words is off the charts high. WAY too much about the author's feelings, neuroses, visits to therapist, fights with husband etc. Tried to give all that the benefit of the doubt -- wondered "is all this germane to the topic of what effect micro dosing will have?" -- but there wasn't anywhere near enough tie in to merit all the navel gazing.

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