How to Change Your Mind: The New Science of Psychedelics

Pollan, Michael


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‘It’s as if we made entering gothic cathedrals illegal, or museums, or sunsets!’

When LSD was first discovered in the 1940s, it seemed to researchers, scientists and doctors as if the world might be on the cusp of psychological revolution. It promised to shed light on the deep mysteries of consciousness, as well as offer relief to addicts and the mentally ill. But in the 1960s, with the vicious backlash against the counter-culture, all further research was banned. In recent years, however, work has quietly begun again on the amazing potential of LSD, psilocybin and DMT. Could these drugs in fact improve the lives of many people? Diving deep into this extraordinary world and putting himself forward as a guinea-pig, Michael Pollan has written a remarkable history of psychedelics and a compelling portrait of the new generation of scientists fascinated by the implications of these drugs. How to Change Your Mind is a report from what could very well be the future of human consciousness.

Format: Paperback
Pages: 480
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 30/05/2019

Staff review

How to Change Your Mind
By Michael Pollan
Review by Harriet

Reading Michael Pollan’s writing is like a cleanse for my brain. He has such a clear, curious and open way of approaching and expressing complex topics without being either didactic or waffly. This is particularly helpful here where he turns his bind to psychedelics – a subject historically clouded with politics and biases from all sides. A fascinating personal and historical account of their history, use and potential for treatment of addiction, depression and palliative care. One of my all-time favourite nonfiction reads.

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