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How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan

Penguin Random House

This brave book guides you through the rise and fall of psychedelic drug research. How To Change your mind offers a gripping and affirmative look into the scientific revolution of psychedelics. After having only started taking psychedelics in his early 60's when his interest was peaked you go on a journey From LSD (the active ingredient in medicinal and magical mushrooms), and Psilocybin to the Sonoran Desert Toad as he talks you through his very personal and profound experiences and does the impossible by making losing your mind seems like the sanest thing a person can do.

This graceful blend of memoir, travel writing, science, history, and medicine makes this New York Times Best Seller a dazzling and majestic deep dive, with all disclaimers aside. Pollan sheds light on what he affectionately calls "White-Coat Shamanism" which he boasts can be incredibly transformative for overcoming Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, addiction, and more. Offering a truly immersive personal look into his fascination with mysticism and spirituality this book offers more than just an educational look into the life of these magical plants and begs the question of what if?

This book is a grand reminder that happiness is not only personal but not always that profound and it doesn't have to be. With real-life accounts into the life-altering impact of Psychedelics Pollan unmasks the reality that our consciousness is and most likely will always be the greatest puzzle of all time. 

Meet The Author: Michael Pollan is a New York Native Activist, journalist, author Professor of Non-Fiction at Harvard University, and Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. With strong opinions and passions about socio-cultural impacts on food his publishing debut wasThe Botany of Desire in 2001 where he breaks down our co-evolution with plants. He later went on to publish more award-winning books like The Omnivores Dilemma, In Defense of Food, and many others.