Book Review: Acid Test

Acid Test by Tom Shroder

Mind bending insights (pun not withstanding) in this intriguing read.

I gained a new-found appreciation for the scientists and practitioners who continue to work tirelessly to provide a positive impact upon those who suffer from PTSD. I was left with an attitude of frustration with the government’s failure to understand the proven positive implications that the use of psychedelics, specifically LSD and MDMA, have in healing.

Of particular concern are veterans whose long term PTSD care requires many millions of dollars or worse goes unchecked. And it appears that clinical applications could be of broader use for the public in the treatment of depression, anxiety and various forms of mental illness.

My suspicion is that moving forward with approvals and update of the DEA Drug Classification Schedules, even with overall cost of R&D, distribution and mainstream medical use would still cost taxpayers less than footing the bill for treatment of PTSD. More importantly, it has the potential to provide relief to suffering humans. To me the human cost — the high number of PTSD-related suicides is far too great not to give a long hard re-think at closely held and antiquated beliefs about them.

My reaction to the information given is that I feel I’ve been brainwashed for my entire life into believing that psychedelics are essentially rotten, dangerous and scary. This is true when they are used as party drugs and the Timothy Leary-isms that still haunt discussions today.

I’d be curious to hear from those more learned than me on the subject to chime in about your thoughts.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book gave me much to think about. Four stars!

Update: I wasn’t kidding. I borrowed this book from my library again to re-read, which usually happens only when I haven’t had time to complete a book before it’s due back. It took me two renewals (nine weeks) to find the time in my life to get through it the first time. Feeling like I had not gleaned all I could have from the copious volume of information, I felt compelled to read through it once more. Like certain eclipses, this rare phenomenon occurs only once each decade or so. Want to know what I learned?

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