Could psychedelic drugs change our worldview? One of America's most admired writers takes us on a mind-altering journey to the frontiers of human consciousnessWhen 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 i...
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How to Change Your Mind: The New Science of Psychedelics Reviews
Prepare to change your mind about the role of psychedelic drugs in western culture. Or, if you have experience as a psychonaut, get ready for a broad, expansive review of history, research, and the possibilities for public policy.
When LSD, mescaline, psilocybin, and other psychedelic drugs first became known in the 1950s and 1960s, academic and medical researchers explored their potential for relieving depression, addiction, and other mental problems. The promising research results were abandone ...more
This is an absolute must read. One major point that he really hammers home is that, in terms of mental health in America, there have been stagnant improvements. Through psychedelics research, starting out in the 50s, followed by a long hiatus, then resurfacing in the 90s, we can see that the branding of LSD/mushrooms/DMT as hippie drugs lose that moniker.
It's a lengthy book, only because the research is dense. If you find the intimate stories of patients who welcomed these psychedelics, you'll ...more
I have such a wide range of non-fiction reading interests that sometimes, until I actually see the book and its subject, not even I knew that I wanted to read it! But if it is something I am eager to know more about, I know right away.
Let me start by saying, the only drugs I have even taken are those prescribed for me by a doctor, so I have no idea about other drugs, including psychedelic ones. What I do know about is how strong painkillers (morphine, fentanyl, buprenorphine, oxycodone etc) can ...more
Really interesting book. Though it's central theme is psychedelics, it's topic is really consciousness, the experience of being, the fear of death, willpower, and mental illness. The book was well-written as Pollan never disappoints. I definitely found new information and the book definitely challenged some of my assumptions about the world.
This is a pretty interesting book about an extremely fascinating subject.
I struggled over whether to give it 3 or 4 stars but went for 4 because it does cover a lot of ground in a readable and relatively engaging manner.
What I liked about it was the broad overview of the history of psychedelics, the anecdotal stories from those who had pioneered psychedelic research in the 50s and 60s and most of all the final chapter on the applications of psychedelics to addiction, depression and end of life a ...more
I struggled with whether this was a 4 or a 5 star book, which would typically lead me to give a book 4 stars. But dang, this is such a fascinating book. I was pulled in by the discussions of dissolution of ego, of the nature of consciousness, of entropy, awe, spirituality, by the potential of psychedelics in mental health treatment and the position that they should also be used for the "betterment of the well."
The best parts of the books are the sections on Pollan's own experiences with psyched ...more
This is an epic book about the history of psychedelics, and their potential for improving the human condition. My first thought on the subject was of people tripping on LSD, and making a mess of their lives. But, this does not have to be the case at all. Many mental illnesses could be cured with "psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy".
The first half of the book is about the history of psychedelics. Before 1965, Time-Life Publications were enthusiastic boosters of psychedelics. For example, in Life ...more