In the weird ass news of today, an illegal hallucinogen is reported to be more effective at treating depression than, well, antidepressants. A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life, a book by Ayelet Waldman, discusses the positive effects of microdosing with LSD.

According to a David Presti, a professor of neurobiology at the University California, consuming small doses of LSD is “just as safe as taking antidepressants.” He continues, “I really think there’s something going on with microdosing.” As he talks to Waldman in her new book, he compares the positive effects of microdosing with the “awful” side effects of conventional antidepressants.

It’s pretty widely known that antidepressants might have a wide array of detrimental side effects that haven’t been publicized, or even discovered, yet, but the same argument could be made about LSD, so what is really the truth here?

According to Presti, the problem with conventional drugs is “they have all kinds of side effects, and we have no idea, really, what they’re doing,” Presti said. “They cost a lot of money and they’re marketed with all kinds of flimflam.”

However, the issue with LSD microdosing is the current lack of clinical research in place to back it up as a safe and effective alternative, as big pharma is hesitant to research illicit drugs they aren’t able to patent. 

Either way, the microdosing debate is sure to continue moving forward and we can only hope that more research will be done to support the argument of using LSD as an effective treatment for depression. Just make sure not to throw away your medications in 

(Your Friend’s House)