BY MICHAEL E. TRULSON, Ph.D.
FROM THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PSYCHOACTIVE DRUGS, SOLOMON H, SNYDER, M.D., EDITOR, CHELSEA HOUSE; 1985.
This 128-page book tells you more than you ever dreamed in your wildest
hallucination that you wanted to know about LSD. It is one of a series
of books on psychoactive drugs that might be sold at reduced prices in
supermarkets if you buy $10.00 worth of groceries (cigarettes and alcohol
excluded). Or they could be given as a bonus if you order 10 records or
compact discs from the Columbia Record Club. Its thick shiny cover is impervious
to spills of sodium bicarbonate, diethyl ether, or whatever else you are
using in your basement to make your crack. Although the series does not
bear the seal of approval of Parents Magazine or Good Housekeeping, it
nevertheless is an indispensable guide to the worried parent who regularly
spirits drops of his or her adolescent's urine from the toilet seat in
order to have it tested for cannabis or alkaloid metabolites. The book
is replete with photographs of the terrible things that can happen to you
if you drop acid. You could even grow a third testicle, as did Timothy
Leary (see photograph). The series editor and the writer of the introductory
essay have distinguished credentials, but the scare tactics that permeate
the book will only serve, as did Reefer Madness, to alarm parents
and amuse their children.