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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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  • Dane
  • SAN RAFAEL, CA, United States
  • 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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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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Extremely informative and interesting book!

If you've ever once said you "love our veterans" or even claimed to have cared for the wellbeing of people suffering from PTSD (victims of sexual trauma, combat veterans, etc), this book should be a must listen! In the U.S., we have a tendency to not care about things unless they directly affect us, missing the bigger picture.

The information is shared in an interesting and compelling manner in which the author shares people's stories, which keeps the listener engaged while also learning about the content. Not familiar with the narrator, but he also did an outstanding job. Book is also very well researched and quite thorough on the topic.

If you care whatsoever about the future of combat veteran's mental health (as a citizen, you should), you should get this book and start taking appropriate actions to influence change to the absurd, draconian, laughable drug policy of the U.S., so people who deserve the help (combat vets) they need can receive it.

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  • Salomon P
  • rishon, KY, United States
  • 06-20-15

most important book of the decade !

What made the experience of listening to Acid Test the most enjoyable?

Tee fact it is well written and structured.

What does Arthur Morey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

great narrator! very talented!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

pretty much :)

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This book will be remembered in the future, its way ahead its time. A great compilation of information and a great vision.

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  • HankieG
  • Pleasant Hill, CA USA
  • 05-09-15

Enlightening

A thorough report on the development, effects, research and use of psychedelic substances for healing. Thought provoking with surprise detailed accounts of MDMA subjects, providing incites and hope for effective treatment of PTSD and other serious mental depression illnesses.

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Territory of latching fear and huge possibilities

A beautifully crafted biographical history about success and failures dealing with this territory of latching fear and huge possibilities. The story continues, slowly, but this kind of comprehensive compilation showing events in their naked form is an important stepping stone for building our society a critical, safe, respecting and healthy relationship to mind opening substances - and our minds.

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***eye opener!!!***

Great format, great listen, motivational, - highly recommend for PTSD suffers and family affected. Time for change.

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This has to be one of the best books.

This book should be read by very every person with a loved one with ptsd!

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Amazing Audio Book - Loved this!

Would you consider the audio edition of Acid Test to be better than the print version?

Not sure, I own the print version, but never read it - I don't have the time...

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I really enjoyed this book. Well presented, well organized, and very enjoyable. Taught me a lot about the behind-the-scenes MDMA - to- prescription medication movement and had valuable info on LSD therapy as well. Bravo!

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Very informative, loved it.

You will love this book. It is very informative It can even teach a seasoned psychonaught a thing or two.

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