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

Author: Michael Pollan
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by giddy-girly-banana   2019-11-17

Psilocybin is absolutely being studied as an anti-depressive medicine. It's having great results as well.

by Woden8   2019-11-17

How to Change Your Mind has been recommended a lot.

Also look up Paul Stamets, Dennis McKenna, and Albert Hofmann.

by Eifand   2019-11-17

>Deliberately taking things to impair your reason and "have experiences" is put right up there with murder and idolatry.

There are drugs that do not impair reason, even during the temporary duration of taking said drug.

>We are likewise given reason and the longstanding traditions of the Church to guide us. And both of these clearly stand against deliberate impairment of the reason. God made man in His own image, and this is usually taken to mean that this "image of God" refers to the uniquely (among animals) human ability to reason and think in abstractions. So in deliberately impairing this God-given reason, we are defacing the image of God--just as surely as if we practiced self-harm or harm to others. The Bible and Church tradition completely concur that drinking in moderation is OK, but drunkenness and use of drugs for recreational purposes (at least when they impair the reason) are seriously bad things to do.

Psychedelic drugs have the potential to actually make you more sane - by harmonizing the brain's neural network which leads to novel and creative patterns of thinking which is particularly helpful in curing many mental disorders such as depression or anxiety.

>For years, the field of mental health has been largely barren of meaningful treatment advances. But now, scientists have new hope in the least likely of places: psychedelic drugs. Recent research suggests that certain psychedelic substances can help relieve anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction and the fear surrounding a terminal diagnosis.
>“The biggest misconception people have about psychedelics is that these are drugs that make you crazy,” says Michael Pollan, author of the new book How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence. “We now have evidence that that does happen sometimes — but in many more cases, these are drugs that can make you sane.”
>In the interview below (and video above), Pollan talked with TIME about the therapeutic promise of the drugs, their fraught history and the sheer terror he felt after smoking toad venom.


>In a new study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers from the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) in Barcelona, Spain, investigated why and how LSD relieves symptoms of depression and posttraumatic stress disorder, and how the drug triggers changes in consciousness.
>For the study, the researchers scanned the brains of 12 participants using functional magnetic resonance imaging. Some of the participants were given either a dose of LSD or a placebo, and another group was given the drug during or after listening to music. 
>The researchers decided to include music listening in the study to find out if it could boost the therapeutic effects of LSD. Previous studies have shown that the drug can enhance emotional responses to music.
>LSD, short for lysergic acid diethylamide, has the effect of ‘harmonizing’, or synchronizing, electrical activity in different areas of the brain. In a process the researchers referred to as “repertoire expansion,” this harmonizing encourages the development of new, more ordered neural networks. Over time, the creation of these new networks may help sufferers develop different patterns of thinking that may alleviate the symptoms of their condition.
>“Exploring the combined effects of music and the psychedelic state induced by LSD provided us an opportunity to reveal not only the LSD-induced dynamical changes in the brain but also how these dynamics are affected by the presence of complex, natural stimuli like music,” the authors wrote in the study.
>Indeed, they found that taking LSD while listening to music actually made the drug more effective at ‘reorganizing’ the brain and synchronizing neural networks.


>And just look at the overall fruit of using these substances throughout society. Have they brought about a better, more loving society? Or do we rather see strewn about the wrecked lives of those who abuse drugs--wreckage which impacts families for generations. It is just another fruit of the culture of self-indulgence which causes so much harm to so many people.

I would categorically say that the use of mind altering substances have made the world a better place. Certainly drugs as a whole is a great mercy to the world that God ordained for us to receive. All things are created by God.

Most of the harm from mind altering drugs comes from the effort to criminalize them. I am reminded of the Alcohol Prohibition era. So much more harm was done by alcohol being made illegal than it is when it is legal and manageable like in the present.

>This new double-blind, placebo-controlled study found that LSD tends to reduce a person’s ability to recognize negative emotions while enhancing a person’s empathy and prosociality. “The present study also showed that LSD was well tolerated in a controlled setting in healthy subjects,” lead researcher Patrick C. Dolder and his colleagues wrote in their study.
>The researchers recruited 40 adult participants from the University of Basel in Switzerland. Eleven participants had previous experience with LSD, but the remaining 29 had never used the psychedelic drug before.
>Participants under the influence of LSD were less likely to recognize fearful and sad facial expressions. But the drug had no effect on the recognition of neutral, happy or angry facial expressions.
>LSD decreased cognitive empathy, but increased emotional empathy. Participants under the influence of LSD had trouble correctly inferring the mental state of a person in a photograph, but were more likely to feel concern for the person’s well-being.
>In addition, the drug increased prosocial behavior as measured by the Social Value Orientation Test. The test asked participants to choose how to distribute a small sum of money between themselves and other participants. Those under the influence of LSD tended to choose a more equal distribution, rather than seeking more for themselves.

by ImaMojoMan   2019-08-24

Op-ed by former guest Michael Pollan and author of How to Change Your Mind.


>I look forward to the day when psychedelic medicines like psilocybin, having proven their safety and efficacy in F.D.A.-approved trials, will take their legal place in society, not only in mental health care but in the lives of people dealing with garden-variety unhappiness or interested in spiritual exploration and personal growth.
>My worry is that ballot initiatives may not be the smartest way to get there. We still have a lot to learn about the immense power and potential risk of these molecules, not to mention the consequences of unrestricted use. It would be a shame if the public is pushed to make premature decisions about psychedelics before the researchers have completed their work. There is, too, the risk of inciting the sort of political backlash that, in the late 1960s, set back research into psychedelics for decades. Think of what we might know now, and the suffering that might have been alleviated, had that research been allowed to continue.

by CLoisX   2019-08-24

Hey man I had the same question and I think I found it. How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

by Finnyous   2019-08-24

by xenobuzz   2019-07-21

Michael Pollan's latest book "How to Change your Mind" is about this very subject.

It's about the history of the use of psychedelics to treat many forms of mental illness.

I wept with joy several times.

Highly recommended!


by synester302   2019-07-21

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

Good luck!

by milehigh73a   2019-07-21

> As you can imagine, this is not a topic we can just bring up with our current friends. So many of them don't use any kind of drugs at all.

Why not? We bring up tripping with our straight friends all the time. Maybe give them Michael Pollen on tripping. He is pretty mainstream and quite popular.

I would also suggest investigating your regional burning man community. They generally ahve facebook groups, and local events. They skew a bit older, and are pretty ok with tripping.

> But without other like-minded people there would be no reason to grow more as we could never consume them all ourselves, and I am not interested in selling them.

When I grew shrooms, it was really easy to give them away. I swear once someone found out I had them, I would get so many requests. Be aware that they do go bad, faster than LSD in my experience.

by stalematedizzy   2019-07-21

> Man hadde dugnadsånden. Den er borte.

Da får vi ta den tilbake

Det finnes heldigvis verktøy for sånt

by drfuzzphd   2019-07-21

I think that, in general, it's a pretty bad idea to use it recreationally. However, there's some very promising medical research happening around LSD that would seem to contradict your assertion that it's "awful."

by stalematedizzy   2019-07-21

> Selvsagt, men det kommer ikke til å skje

Nei, ikke med den holdningen der.

> resten av oss får forholde oss til virkeligheten.

Janei, hvordan vi tolker den er høyst subjektivt.

Edit: Kan være at holdningene dine er et forsøk på rettferdiggjøre ditt eget høye forbruk.

Ved å si at alt er håpløst, så slipper vi jo å ta tak i oss selv.

by stalematedizzy   2019-07-21

> derfor eg likar forbrødring på kontinentet

Som sagt igjen og igjen og igjen. Det er jeg også, men har satt meg litt inn i hvordan maktstrukturen fungerer i Brussel og mener ydmykt at den kanskje burde justeres en smule eller fem.

> istedenfor framandfrykt og oppkonstruerte klassekampar for å oppildna massane. Setter du folk opp mot kvarandre i ditt virke? du treng ikkje svara meg på det om du ikkje vil, men tenk på det sjølv. Det er nok motsetningar i samfunnet frå før av til at me treng skapa fiktive fiendebileter som bygger ned det vestlege demokratiske biletet. Mange krefter på nett vil veldig gjerne påverka oss til å mista tilliten til kvarandre.

Det er bare i ditt subjektive sinn at dette er relevant i forhold til noe av det har har skrevet eller delt. Jeg vil anbefale deg å bli litt bedre kjent med ditt eget sinn. Det kan enten gjøres ved hjelp av meditasjon (den lang veien) eller ved hjelp av andre virkemidler. Den siste veien bør gåes forsiktig og med alle mulige forbehold. Dette er verktøy, som bør behandles med den største respekt.

> Ikkje bli eit offer for desse kreftene er mi oppmoding.

Ingen fare for min del, er kanskje mer bekymret for deg.

> No gir eg meg her og ønskjer deg lykke til vidare :)

Du skulle vel egentlig ha gitt deg for lenge siden, men takker for underholdingen. Ønsker deg lykke til videre på ferden :)

by stalematedizzy   2019-07-21

Ja, så ikke at du hadde postet noe som var enda mer trangsynt lenger ned.

Du later til å leve med noe ganske så solide skylapper, for å si det mildt.

Vil anbefale deg å komme ut av ekkokammeret innimellom og ut i naturen, slik at du kanskje kan bli litt bedre kjent med deg selv.

Om det ikke hjelper, så må det kanskje hardere lut til

by mrjbk1   2019-07-21

A couple of centres of peer reviewed research on the use of psychedelics in medicine and science

Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies

Psychedelic Research in Science & Medicine

A couple of recent New York Times bestselling books summarising the history of and research into psychedelics in the west from the mid-twentieth century to the present day. Also includes the authors accounts of their own use and experimentation with psychedelics while writing their books.

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


A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life


The two most prominent universities studying the efficacy of psychedelics in the treatment of various kinds of mental illness

Johns Hopkins Psychedelic Research Unit

Imperial College of London Psychedelic Research Group


All those sources talk about the importance of set and setting and combining the trip with some kind of integration work afterwards. The research all suggests both are necessary to bring about the types of transformations most people are seeking, and whether the integration work is with a trip sitter, therapist, shaman or mate I don't think would really make much difference. The most important factor I imagine would be a commitment from both the tripper and therapist/shaman etc to try and integrate as much as possible of the material revealed during the trip into ones subsequent life

by yboris   2019-01-20
A worthy read on the subject of psychedelics: How To Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan:

by stalematedizzy   2019-01-13

I så fall synes jeg du skal lese denne også:

Og kanskje ta en tur hit:

Så vil du kanskje skjønne hva jeg mener.

Hvis du tør da ;)

by stalematedizzy   2019-01-13

> Betale for en tur til Nederland for at de skal innse common sense?

Kan jo opprette et tilbud her hjemme også, noe jeg forøvrig jobber med om dagen. Skal heller ikke se bort fra folk på begge sider av debatten hadde hatt godt av litt mer "common sense" som du velger å kalle det ;)

> innføre økonomiske sanksjoner som sannsynligvis har mye større påvirkningskraft?

En særdeles kortsiktig løsning, som ikke kommer til å løse noen ting.

> Byråkratiet velger alltid den billigste løsningen.

Min løsning har potensiale til å spare samfunnet for millliarder og ikke minst en usansynlig stor mengde unødige lidelse.

Kanskje burde du lese litt mer om den:

Og om du ikke er en leser, kan du ta en titt på disse i første omgang:

by stalematedizzy   2019-01-13

Denne er fortsatt til deg:

by crazygringo   2018-12-26
Michael Pollan: How to Change Your Mind [1]

Not just about an utterly fascinating topic (psychadelic drugs), in terms of history (LSD turning from a scientific wonder drug to illegal), his personal experiences, and the neuroscience behind it, but also just extremely well-written -- a real page-turner. A crazy potent combination of science, spirituality (from a skeptic), and narrative. I expect his book will be a significant part of why psychadelic drugs will be legalized in the near future specifically for therapeutic purposes.

Also +1 for 2017's Why We Sleep [2]. After reading it, I couldn't believe how shockingly ignorant I'd been of how I spend a full third of my life, and how much it affects the other two-thirds -- and the degree to which a lack of sleep prevents us from perceiving the effects of lack of sleep, in a kind of vicious cycle.