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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 post-traumatic 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “If you think LSD is a relic of the Sixties, or good for nothing except getting high, you need to read this riveting and important book. It’s the fascinating story of how LSD and MDMA can, with controlled use, bring near-miraculous benefits to people suffering from mental trauma. Tom Shroder is a fine journalist and a terrific writer; in Acid Test, he’s written a book that should start a long-overdue national conversation, and someday may help to end a lot of unnecessary suffering.”

    Dave Berry, Pulitzer Prize–winning author and columnist

  • Acid Test is a superb book. The people Tom Shroder introduces us to are across-the-board fascinating, the reporting he’s done is deep and persuasive, and the writing is dazzling. Best of all, though, is what any open-minded reader will feel after finishing Acid Test: In a world of hurt, here is a new version of hope.”

    David Finkel, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and author

  • “A captivating narrative with irresistible characters. It will leave you wondering whether we have the moral right to oppose this breakthrough therapy.”

    Gene Weingarten, two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist

  • “Journalist Shroder filters the psychedelic world. He explores the use and abuse of these drugs. He examines the motivations and personalities of those who investigate, advocate for, and consume these kinds of psychoactive chemicals. Shroder presents a compelling case for supporting responsible, rigorous research of psychedelic compounds…Empty your mind of any preconceptions about psychedelic drugs and enjoy a fascinating trip through the politics, science, history, and promise of these controversial chemical compounds.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “In this psychedelic patchwork of narratives, journalist Shroder explores the therapeutic possibilities of LSD and Ecstasy (MDMA), and, more broadly, the potential of the human mind…Shroder both informs readers about the drugs’ shadowy pasts and provides insight into the future of mental health.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A well-respected journalist offers evidence, both empirical and anecdotal, about the therapeutic benefits of psychedelic drugs…An observant argument for understanding a society through the drugs it uses.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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