A Really Good Day

A Really Good Day

How Microdosing Made A Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life

Book - 2017
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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.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2017
ISBN: 9780451494092
0451494091
Branch Call Number: B WALDMAN AYELET
Characteristics: xxii, 229 pages ; 22 cm

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LPL_KateG Dec 04, 2017

I listened to the audiobook, narrated by the author, and very much enjoyed the experience! Ayelet Waldman is a successful author, a former federal defender, a wife and a mother...and she happens to suffer from sometimes debilitating moods that are impacting her life/family. After trying many kinds of treatments, she decides to microdose LSD for one month (10% of regular dosage, once every 3 days). What ensues is not only a fascinating glimpse into one woman's struggle with managing her life, but also a well-researched critique of the "war on drugs." I loved Ayelet's candor and her sarcastic self-deprecation -- she doesn't take herself too seriously -- as well as her discussions with experts and attention given to the racial and class disparities in drug persecution. To me, this was a great combo of personal+cultural commentary!

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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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