A Really Good Day

A Really Good Day

eBook - 2017
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"In an effort to treat a debilitating mood disorder, Ayelet Waldman undertook a very private experiment, ingesting 10 micrograms of LSD every three days for a month. This is the story--by turns revealing, courageous, fascinating and funny--of her quietly psychedelic spring, her quest to understand one of our most feared drugs, and her search for a really good day"-- Provided by publisher.
"A revealing, courageous, fascinating, and funny account of the author's experiment with microdoses of LSD in an effort to treat a debilitating mood disorder, of her quest to understand a misunderstood drug, and of her search for a really good day. When a small vial arrives in her mailbox from "Lewis Carroll," Ayelet Waldman is at a low point. Her mood storms 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2017
ISBN: 9780451494108
Characteristics: text file,rda
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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shayshortt
Nov 23, 2017

This memoir chronicles Waldman’s unique and illegal experiment using microdoses of LSD to regulate her mood disorder. The book follows the experiment diary-style, but also incorporates discursions on drug history and policy. In her career as a lawyer, Waldman has consulted on drug policy and taught courses covering drug history, so she has a solid grounding in the context of what she is undertaking. Much of the existing data she is able to bring up is compromised by the fact that early experimenters, in addition to giving the drugs to their subjects, were also sampling their own wares, and seem more like psychedelic enthusiasts than legitimate investigators. Along the way she must cope with questions like what she will tell her children about what she is doing when they inevitably notice the shifts in her mood, and what she will do once her very limited supply of LSD runs out. Every disclosure about her drug use risks both her reputation and potential legal repercussions, and the idea of purchasing on the illegal market is even more fraught. Ultimately, she concludes that what she really wants is “the kind of answer only real research by legitimate scientists under controlled circumstances can provide.”

Originally published at Required Reading: https://shayshortt.com/2017/11/23/fall-2017-non-fiction-mini-reviews/

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spiderfelt_0
May 30, 2017

For years, I have been fascinated by Ayelet Waldman, at first because she was married to Michael Chabon, but later because she expressed herself in a brash, unapologetic way. Her Twitter rants were outrageous and amusing. In this book, she continues in the same vein: training her hyper intellect on a specific project while sharing more personal details than my close friends. I was swayed by her position on decriminalizing drugs, fascinated by the therapeutic uses of MDMA to treat PTSD, harm reduction in drug policy and in speaking with teens about mind-altering substances. I do hope there is continued research in this vein, and I applaud Waldman for taking this personal and professional risk by sharing her experiences.

Cynthia_N Apr 05, 2017

Waldman decides to try a controversial method to help with her mood disorder and this is the journal she kept during that month. She takes a microdose of LSD every three days over a period of 30 days. Interesting book and informative about quite a few types of drugs that have been used to help people with different problems.

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