LSD: Could Microdosing be the Key to Your Mental Health?

LSD: Could Microdosing be the Key to Your Mental Health?

According to current statistics mental illness is the leading cause of disability in the United States with anxiety and depression at the top of the list.

Despite there being hundreds of millions of people worldwide impacted by these diseases no significant progress in drugs or treatment have been made in decades.

Many people have reached the point of desperation, trying off- label and illegal drugs, attempting to alleviate their unbearable pain and suffering along with the tremendous impact on their families, relationships, and work.



Join us for Wine & Hors d’Oeurves and a conversation between Ayelet Waldman and Julie Robinson. We will also have a special Beyond the Book Presentation by Paul Thompson, a professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at USC.

Ayelet’s thought provoking new book, A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life is an account of her month long use of small doses of illegal LSD to treat her severe depression and crippling mood swings. Her honest and often humorous story, along with her social media over the years, are courageous steps to destigmatize mental illness and open the door to discuss experiences and new treatments.

Paul Thompson is a Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at USC and the Director of Enigma Consortium. The ENIGMA Network brings together researchers in imaging genomics to understand brain structure, function, and disease, based on brain imaging and genetic data. Advances in this area of research will lead to new treatments through an understanding of the biological causes of mental illness.

Tuesday, March 21
6:30pm: Wine and Hors D’Oeuvres
7:15pm: Conversation and Presentation
The Peninsula Beverly Hills
Tickets: $95
Space will be Limited



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.


Ayelet Waldman is the author of the novels Love and Treasure, Red Hook Road, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, and Daughter’s Keeper, as well as of the essay collection Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace, and the Mommy-Track Mystery series. She was a federal public defender and taught a course on the legal implications of the War on Drugs at the UC Berkeley law school. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband, Michael Chabon, and their four children.