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An excellent and courageous investigation into the medical and scientific revolution going down round psychedelic medication – and the spellbinding story of his personal life-changing psychedelic experiences
When Michael Pollan got down to analysis how LSD and psilocybin (the lively ingredient in magic mushrooms) are getting used to supply reduction to individuals affected by difficult-to-treat situations akin to melancholy, habit, and nervousness, he didn’t intend to jot down what’s undoubtedly his most private ebook. However upon discovering how these exceptional substances are bettering the lives not solely of the mentally unwell but additionally of wholesome individuals coming to grips with the challenges of on a regular basis life, he determined to discover the panorama of the thoughts within the first particular person in addition to the third. Thus started a singular journey into the expertise of assorted altered states of consciousness, together with a dive deep into each the most recent mind science and the thriving underground neighborhood of psychedelic therapists. Pollan sifts the historic document to separate the reality about these mysterious medication from the myths which have surrounded them because the 1960s, when a handful of psychedelic evangelists inadvertently catalyzed a strong backlash in opposition to what was then a promising area of analysis.
A novel and stylish mix of science, memoir, journey writing, historical past, and medication, The way to Change Your Thoughts is a triumph of participatory journalism. By turns dazzling and edifying, it’s the gripping account of a journey to an thrilling and surprising new frontier in our understanding of the thoughts, the self, and our place on the planet. The true topic of Pollan’s “psychological travelogue” is not only psychedelic medication but additionally the everlasting puzzle of human consciousness and the way, in a world that provides us each struggling and pleasure, we are able to do our greatest to be absolutely current and discover that means in our lives.