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A fascinating, transformative look at the therapeutic powers of psychedelic drugs, particularly in the treatment of PTSD, and the past fifty years of scientific, political, and legal controversy they have ignited, by award-winning journalist Tom Shroder. It’s no secret that psychedelic drugs have the ability to cast light on the miraculous reality hidden within our psyche. Following the discovery of LSD less than a hundred years ago, psychedelics began to play a crucial role in the quest to understand the link between mind and matter. Compounds such as LSD and MDMA have proved to be extraordinarily effective in treating disorders such as posttraumatic stress - yet the drugs remain illegal, out of reach of the millions of people who could benefit from them. Tom Shroder’s Acid Test is a meticulously researched history of LSD and the controversy surrounding psychedelics, as well as a striking look at the unprecedented healing properties of drugs that have for decades been characterized as dangerous, illicit substances. Shroder covers the first heady years of experimentation in the 50s and 60s through the backlash of the '70s and '80s, when the drug subculture exploded and uncontrolled experimentation with street psychedelics led to a PR nightmare that would set therapeutic use back decades. Acid Test is a fascinating, transformative look at the therapeutic powers of psychedelic drugs, particularly in the treatment of PTSD, and the past fifty years of scientific, political, and legal controversy they have ignited.
©2014 Tom Shroder (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. “The Guest House” by Jalal al-Din Rumi used with permission of Coleman Barks, Maypop Books. Recorded by arrangement with Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.
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By Dane on 09-24-15

Inspiring, Upsetting, Grounded and Useful

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I suffer from PTSD. With the help of loving friends and carefully following the protocol outlined in the FDA approved study, this book helped me bridge the gap from being anti-drug use, to profound gratitude for the way MDMA can heal my body, heart and world. My personal world is 300% bigger, more satisfying and abundant based on the specific actions I've taken as a result of my six sessions.

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By Josh on 05-11-16

This book changed my life.

This is not a book about the dark side of medicine. This is not a book that convinces kids to do drugs. This is a book about the medical practices of very intelligent people in a way that can help those suffering from PTSD and similar illnesses live with out the need of prescription drugs. Rick, Michael and Nick are all incredible people. Especially Rick for all of his hard work. It's a great book for adults of all ages to read. I strongly encourage college student to read this.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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