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. Download and start listening now!