A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life

A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life

Title:A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life
ISBN:9780451494092
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages

A revealing, courageous, fascinating, and funny account of the author's experiment with microdoses of LSD in an effort to treat a debilitating mood disorder, of her quest to understand a misunderstood drug, and of her search for a really good day.

When a small vial arrives in her mailbox from "Lewis Carroll," Ayelet Waldman is at a low point. Her mood storms 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.


    A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life Reviews

  • Julie Ehlers

    I will admit that I initially picked this up because I wanted some gossip about Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon's marriage, and I have to hand it to her—Ayelet was pretty forthcoming in that regar...

  • Diane S ?

    3.5 I first heard about microdosing on the radio. My commute to work is relatively short so I tend to listen to news radio. Especially since the election I tend to avoid the news of TV, which seems to...

  • Kristin

    Take an over-medicated, moody, middle-aged mother of four, add a month of experimental microdosing with LSD and it makes for A Really Good Day by Ayelet Waldman. This mesmerizing memoir of mental expl...

  • Brett Benner

    I'd have to macrodose to read much more of this woman whine. Reading about how microsdosing lsd has been a tremendous aid to her is fine for a Rolling Stone article, but stretched out into book form o...

  • Susan

    I debated between 4 and 5 stars -- I enjoyed this book very much. Ayelet Waldman's quest for a better mood, less volatility, and a happier existence overall rivals any self-help book I've encountered....

  • Lesley Vandernoot

    Talk about a book not matching its reviews! I think maybe a dose of something was required whilst reading. Waldman is a self-indulgent, navel gazing, whiner. I realize this is a memoir of sorts, but t...

  • Nissa

    I totally want to try the protocol. Also a really interesting peek into the war on drugs, the history of drug use, and research about drug safety. More robust review to come.My Netgalley review: A fas...

  • Rachel Len

    I love Ayelet Waldman and her nonfiction is especially incredible. She writes with so much unflinching honesty that it's hard not to rally behind her, no matter what she's writing about. Waldman suffe...

  • Viv JM

    This book is a very readable and occasionally very funny account of the author's month long experiment with microdosing with LSD in an attempt to alleviate her mood swings (originally diagnosed as bip...

  • David Yoon

    Ayelet Waldman has long been "held hostage by the vagaries of mood." She's combatted her mercurial nature with a "shit-ton of drugs" that goes on for half a page and reads like the advance battalion o...