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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.
MP did an amazing job with the thoroughness of this book and the research he did for it. Would recommend to anyone interested in learning more about psychedelics.
One of the best modern books on the subject.
Thank you for writing this book. For bravely sharing your story, insight and wisdom with our global family.
Highly recommended for anyone curious about Psychedelic Medicines or Consciousness. In this marvelous book there are a plethora of sane, and objective data points generously shared by the author. Great to listen to him sharing the story in his own voice. Powerful!