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Michael Pollan

This Is Your Mind on Plants

by Michael Pollan

This Is Your Mind on Plants

Michael Pollan

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This is Your Mind on Plants takes a deep dive into how opium, mescaline, and caffeine have been used throughout human history to affect both our physical and mental states.

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This Is Your Mind on Plants

by Michael Pollan

This Is Your Mind on Plants

Michael Pollan

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If you've ever wondered why some mind-altering drugs are legal and some aren't - and what the illicit ones feel like - let Michael Pollan be your guide.

As an author, journalist, and activist, Pollan is known for works like The Omnivore's Dilemma, exploring the cultural, ethical, and environmental impacts of the food we eat. In this book, the Genesis Award winner turns his attention - and his nervous system - to three plant-based drugs that have helped shape the world as we know it today.

We accompany Pollan as he gives up caffeine, tries mescaline along with his wife, and grows opium poppies. With a personal narrative augmented by a wealth of historical and scientific context, the experience is quite a trip.

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Michael Pollan

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