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 ImaMojoMan   2019-08-24

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

TL;DR:

>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.
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>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 https://www.amazon.com/dp/1594204225/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_LtZ4Cb5CW5F9K

by Finnyous   2019-08-24

https://www.amazon.com/Change-Your-Mind-Consciousness-Transcendence/dp/1594204225

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuhmZSFvhL0

by xenobuzz   2019-07-21

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

https://www.amazon.com/Change-Your-Mind-Consciousness-Transcendence/dp/1594204225/ref=sr_1_2?crid=37EEAZQA8Z01&keywords=how+to+change+your+mind+michael+pollan&qid=1554585127&s=gateway&sprefix=how+to+change+your+mind+m%2Caps%2C195&sr=8-2

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!

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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 https://www.amazon.com/dp/1594204225/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_1lBWCb6TTW869.

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."

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594204225/ https://www.cbsnews.com/news/lsd-a-wonder-drug-once-again/

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

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

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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

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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:

https://www.amazon.com/Change-Your-Mind-Consciousness-Transc...

by stalematedizzy   2019-01-13

I så fall synes jeg du skal lese denne også:

https://toptalkedbooks.com/amzn/1594204225

Og kanskje ta en tur hit:

https://synthesisretreat.com/#details-on-retreat

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:

https://toptalkedbooks.com/amzn/1594204225

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSJyE1EC1_M

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcAj1oxMT9U

by stalematedizzy   2019-01-13

Denne er fortsatt til deg:

https://toptalkedbooks.com/amzn/1594204225

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.

[1] https://www.amazon.com/Change-Your-Mind-Consciousness-Transc...

[2] https://www.amazon.com/Why-We-Sleep-Unlocking-Dreams/dp/1501...

by fmihaila   2018-11-20
> As with anything, too much of a good thing can be detrimental: hyperactivity of the DMN has been linked with things like schizophrenia, anxiety, and ADHD. [...] It's interesting that things like meditation (and apparently psychedelics) can quiet the DMN and bring clarity and happiness in people by doing so.

The discovery of the default mode network (DMN) and the role it plays in our perception of reality are also mentioned in "How to Change Your Mind", a recent book by Michael Pollan [1], which examines in great depth all the issues you mention and more. I highly recommend it to those interested in the nature of consciousness.

[1] https://www.amazon.com/Change-Your-Mind-Consciousness-Transc...

by 299152595   2018-11-10

Okay, thank you.

If you're interested in the topic, Michael Pollan just wrote a book about it. Here's a link to it on Amazon.

by ctphillips   2018-11-10

I agree with /u/autotom. The hallucinatory effects are somewhat mild and are more pronounced when your eyes are closed or you spend time staring into the details of a specific object or image. The primary effect is on your thought processes. If you're the kind of person that likes to maintain a sober, responsible public personality and a strict, linear line of thinking - you may have a bad time. The best thing to do is to allow it to take your brain on its journey and not fight the experience. Acid will mess with your thought processes for the few hours that it affects your mind. But if you can just remember that you're safe and that you will arrive at your destination no worse for wear, then you may be able to enjoy it and get something out of the experience. "Set and setting" are critical! Set refers to mindset - go into the experience openly and allow your thoughts to move freely, without concern for how wildly different this is from your day to day experience. Setting refers to your physical setting - make sure your surroundings are comfortable and safe. Ideally, you should have a sober partner with you, one who is trustworthy and will not judge and who has hopefully had similar experiences in their past. You should have some good music to listen to and interesting things to interact with or look at. If you follow these guidelines, you'll be just fine. LSD is non-toxic and if used responsibly, shouldn't cause any lasting damage or side effects.

My experiences with acid are long in the past. I didn't follow these guidelines and didn't have such a great time. I personally find pure THC powder (stirred into a cup of hot tea, for example) a much milder and more enjoyable experience. The same guidelines apply.

If you're really interested in the psychedelic experience, I strongly recommend reading Pollan's How To Change Your Mind . I should also say that I don't recommend these drugs for anyone whose mind isn't "mature" - generally speaking, anyone under the age of 25. In fact, so long as the guidelines are followed, I would actually endorse it for almost anyone over that age who is willing to try! Use responsibly and you'll be all right.