This Is Your Mind On Plants

This Is Your Mind On Plants: Opium—Caffeine—Mescaline

Non-Fiction, Languages & Reference, Dictionaries & Reference, Popular Science
Paperback Published on: 07/07/2022
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This Is Your Mind On Plants
Fascinating, perspective shifting
Not only will your learn about what it's like for someone of Michael Pollan's disposition to consume these three substances, but the history behind why and... READ MORE
Ben Simpson
This Is Your Mind On Plants
A fascinating piece of investigative journalism
I have to admit, I went into this book already with some understanding of what opium, caffeine, and mescaline do (it's amazing how many writers of the past... READ MORE


From the international bestselling author of How to Change Your Mind, comes a ground-breaking exploration of our relationship with natural drugs.

Of all the many things humans rely on plants for, surely the most curious is our use of them to change consciousness: to stimulate, calm, or completely alter the qualities of our mental experience. In This Is Your Mind On Plants, Michael Pollan explores three very different drugs - opium, caffeine and mescaline - and throws the fundamental strangeness of our thinking about them into sharp relief. Exploring and participating in the cultures that have grown up around these drugs, while consuming (or in the case of caffeine, trying not to consume) them, Pollan reckons with the powerful human attraction to psychoactive plants, and the equally powerful taboos.

In a unique blend of history, science, memoir and reportage, Pollan shines a fresh light on a subject that is all too often treated reductively. In doing so, he proves that there is much more to say about these plants than simply debating their regulation, for when we take them into our bodies and let them change our minds, we are engaging with nature in one of the most profound ways we can. This ground-breaking and singular book holds up a mirror to our fundamental human needs and aspirations, the operations of our minds and our entanglement with the natural world.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141997339
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Weight: 213g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 16 mm

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