This Is Your Mind on Plants

paperback, 563 pages

Published July 5, 2021 by Random House Large Print.


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3 stars (3 reviews)

Of all the things humans rely on plants for—sustenance, beauty, medicine, fragrance, flavor, fiber—surely the most curious is our use of them to change consciousness: to stimulate or calm, fiddle with or completely alter, the qualities of our mental experience. Take coffee and tea: People around the world rely on caffeine to sharpen their minds. But we do not usually think of caffeine as a drug, or our daily use as an addiction, because it is legal and socially acceptable. So, then, what is a “drug”? And why, for example, is making tea from the leaves of a tea plant acceptable, but making tea from a seed head of an opium poppy a federal crime?

In This Is Your Mind on Plants, Michael Pollan dives deep into three plant drugs—opium, caffeine, and mescaline—and throws the fundamental strangeness, and arbitrariness, of our thinking about them into sharp relief. Exploring and participating …

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5 stars

Just finished this one. Amazing! Fav book of the year so far. A perfect mix of information and narrative. Loved each section equally, but the history of caffeine was incredibly interesting, and mescaline gave me hope for the future.

(He regarded the pandemic as a sign we had fallen away from Mother-Father Earth, that we had lost touch with “our brother and sister animals, plants, minerals, bacteria, and viruses. That is why this pause we call coronavirus is so urgent. It is a time to replenish and regenerate the absolute energy of the mind.”)

^ this part towards the end really stood out to me

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