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How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

by: Michael Pollan

Publisher: Penguin Books (2018)


Staff Pick by comrade: london

If you're curious about psychedelics but afraid they'll melt your brain, this is about as thorough and profound an introduction as you can get. Pollan goes through the history of psychedelics, including the brief but fruitful period of medical research conducted in the early 1960s and its descent into stigmatization, a travelogue of some of his own delving into psilocybin, LSD, & DMT, an overview of our current physiological and philosophical understanding of what psychedelics do in the brain, and encouraging details about current medical research being conducted in the US and Europe. Read this! It will change your mind.