Lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD, is making a comeback of sorts as pot goes mainstream, says Claire Vaye Watkins. These days, advocates of microdosing are arguing that LSD is a safer and more reliable alternative to many prescription drugs, especially pharmaceuticals used to treat depression, anxiety, ADHD as well as mood disorders.
“By 1970, two years after possession of LSD became illegal, an estimated two million Americans had used the drug; by 2015, more than 25 million had,” says Watkins.
In A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life, Waldman discusses her use of “subtherapeutic” doses of the drug, which produce no adverse side effects.
Her book, says Watkins, “is both a diatribe and diary… a polemic on a racist War on Drugs that allows her, a middle-class white woman, to use illegal substances with ease, as well as a daily record of the improved mood and increased focus she experiences each time she takes two drops of acid under the tongue.”