I just finished this today. What an incredible book. I'm still stunned.... You'll also find my Goodreads review under the Reading category, in the menu above (Books I've Read).
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
If I could give this book six stars, I would. It's easily one of the best things that I've read in a very long time. Incredible from beginning to end. The book covers everything from not only LSD and MDMA, but also Ayahuasca, Psilocybin, Mescaline, even breathwork (Michael & Stan), and all of the studies, research, and tests done on each. Personally, I find it a shame that each have found their way into the list of Schedule 1 drugs (except breath work, or course), while possibly holding the answers for many mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, just to name a few.
Back to the book though. It is very well researched and written. Written to the point that you almost feel like you're having a conversation directly with the author, Tom Shroder, and the other people that he researched for the book (Michael, Rick, and Nick). I especially fell in love with the parts of the book about Nick and the pain that he went through as a Marine, in combat, and the agony that he brought back home. I was happy to see that he was finally able to receive the help that he so desperately needed, but at the same time, he's still damaged and always will be. Another casualty of war.
Hat's off to Rick for his never-ending, year after year persistence to fight for what he believes in, and also Annie & Michael for the research that have helped countless lives.
Fighting my own mental illness issues, I found everything about this book enlightening, enough so, that I'm now interested in university research trials for my own obstacles that I'm forced to deal with on a daily basis, instead of pumping endless 'big-named' pharmaceuticals into my body, day after day (for what may be the rest of my life). Maybe the answer lies somewhere else, and this book has empowered me to seek possible alternatives that may hold the solution that many are looking for.
Thanks Tom, for such an outstanding and eye-opening book. This has changed my life and given me hope that I may one day find what I thoroughly need.