Delve into danger


Taking the rap for the excesses of 1960s counterculture, psychedelic drugs and their users went underground and the ongoing ‘war on drugs’ has kept them there. So what is a former public defender and law professor doing taking LSD? Ayelet Waldman joined the group of scientists and citizens talking about the therapeutic benefits of LSD when she decided to experiment with microdoses of LSD herself and document the process. She found that for her, it had significant benefits and she asks how we can get drug policy to align with evidence, rather than ideology.

Chaired by Natasha Mitchell, journalist and presenter of ABC RN’s Science Friction.



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Dangerous Thinkers
“I didn’t do this on a lark. I did this because I was afraid I was going to kill myself.”

Ayelet Waldman is the author of A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life, 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. She is the editor of Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women's Prisons and of Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation. She was a Federal public defender and an adjunct professor at the UC Berkeley law school where she developed and taught a course on the legal and social implications of the War on Drugs. She lives in Berkeley, California.


“I didn’t do this on a lark. I did this because I was afraid I was going to kill myself.”