I've tried it and will try again, but I haven't put the time into it to get really comfortable. I found the particular (green sensitive) version I tried to be about ASA 25 in incandescent light and about ASA 200 outdoors in winter. More experimentation is clearly needed.
As to the issue of it being coated on each side: what is known as "extremity film" to x-ray techs I've asked, or mammogram film on the websites, is emulsion coated on only one side - for more detail. It is more expensive, but not as expensive as regular 8x10 film. I haven't tried it yet.