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The #1 New York Times bestseller.
A brilliant and brave investigation into the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs--and the spellbinding story of his own life-changing psychedelic experiences
When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third. Thus began a singular adventure into various altered states of consciousness, along with a dive deep into both the latest brain science and the thriving underground community of psychedelic therapists. Pollan sifts the historical record to separate the truth about these mysterious drugs from the myths that have surrounded them since the 1960s, when a handful of psychedelic evangelists inadvertently catalyzed a powerful backlash against what was then a promising field of research.
A unique and elegant blend of science, memoir, travel writing, history, and medicine, How to Change Your Mind is a triumph of participatory journalism. By turns dazzling and edifying, it is the gripping account of a journey to an exciting and unexpected new frontier in our understanding of the mind, the self, and our place in the world. The true subject of Pollan's "mental travelogue" is not just psychedelic drugs but also the eternal puzzle of human consciousness and how, in a world that offers us both suffering and joy, we can do our best to be fully present and find meaning in our lives.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In this eye-opening audiobook, scientific journalist Michael Pollan takes us on a journey through an often misunderstood field of study: psychedelic drugs. Although research into substances like LSD, DMT, and psilocybin mushrooms has been happening since the ’40s, a period of social stigma left them off the table for decades. Only recently have scientists begun to uncover effective medical applications for these previously taboo substances, and the results are mind-blowing. Consulting medical experts and peer-reviewed studies, Pollan brings to light extremely effective uses for the drugs: as emotional aids for terminal cancer patients, relief for OCD sufferers, recovery tools for opiate or narcotics addicts, and much more. Pollan’s narration is filled with vulnerability, honesty, and excitement. How to Change Your Mind definitely opened our minds to the awesome medical potential of these fascinating substances.
Compelling and scientific.
The book explains person experience, professional medical experience and the known FACTS surrounding Psychedelics. “Hamilton Morris” of “Vice” said, I’m paraphrasing, “this is the most realistic and factual piece of literature to date regarding psychedelic research and study”! I personally give 17 thumbs up.
Would like to explore more on the topic, fascinating
This book mostly goes over the scientific study and history of modern psychedelics along with interviews with therapists and researchers, thanks for bringing the topic to a large scale audience.
It would be cool if he did another book on psychedelics & consciousness with the latest research.
Wisdom and Knowledge
Beautifully insightful! Thank you.