How to Change Your Mind
A deep dive into the shadowy world of mind-altering substance use, How to Change Your Mind offers readers a front row seat into Pollan’s personal journey from psychedelic-virgin to “psychonaut”.
The New York Times bestseller combines a history of the rise and fall of psychedelic drugs in America with an investigation into what Pollan terms a ‘renaissance’ of research into their potential benefits. Looking to the future, Pollan profiles scientists who are convinced psychedelics will revolutionise the way we treat addiction, depression and the terminally ill.
At a glance, Pollan’s transition from food to drugs may seem drastic. However, when asked by The Guardian whether he thought his new book was a departure or continuation of his previous work, Pollan said “Both, really”.
“I have this abiding interest in how we interact with other plant and animal species and how they get ahead in nature by gratifying our desires. And one of those desires I have always been keenly interested in is the desire to change consciousness.”