Episode Number: 1121
Episode Guest: Michael Pollan
Original Airdate: May 24, 2018
Episode Sponsors: Onnit, Cash App, Honey
Guest Bio: Michael Pollan is an author, journalist, activist, and professor of journalism at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. His new book How To Change Your Mind is available now.
Topics Discussed: His book on psychedelics; “The Trip Treatment” article; he had limited experience with psychedelics before researching the topic; psychedelic trips can be satisfying or horrific; Joe thinks we need psychedelic facilities where people can try them in a safe environment; mushrooms aren’t addictive; people who are scared of drugs can have a bad trip; a good guide can help people with their psychedelic experience; psychedelics are safer than the drugs in your medicine cabinet; LSD-related death of elephant; experiment with mice and cocaine; he experienced psychedelic trips in preparation for the book; he went mushroom hunting with Paul Stamets; our connection with plants; psychedelics make you realize everything has life; doctors who work underground with psychedelics; Joe talks about feeling that plants were aware when he was really high; plants are conscious, but a different type of consciousness than humans have; how bees see differently than humans; are octopuses actually aliens that were brought to earth; Seven Brief Lessons on Physics book; the religious beyond and the scientific beyond; more talk about the connection between religion and drugs; kykeon; Greek use of drugs; mixing drugs with wine; ergot; DMT; pineal gland and the eye of Horus; some people are embarrassed by their psychedelic experiences; LSD is an amplifier of mental activity; drugs turn off parts of our brain while high; ego; more talk about how the brain is affected by psychedelics; apprehension writing the book as a serious journalist; these drugs are teaching us about the mind; how journalists have responded; our view on drugs is strange; the book is about both the mind and psychedelics; he isn’t suggesting that people try drugs; mental health treatment in America is a mess; depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide; schizophrenia and psilocybin; (1:00:00) legalization of psilocybin; schedule 1 drugs; Larry Hagman on LSD video; acid trips changed Cary Grant’s life; ketmaine and depression; ibogaine talk; he hasn’t tried MDMA due to a heart issue; quitting smoking after a psilocybin trip; talk about the drug trips he experienced; smoking 5-MeO-DMT talk; trying to put a drug trip into words; ayahuasca; more talk about love and ego dissolution after a drug trip; he thinks psychedelic trips are more helpful as you get older; stoned ape theory; how psychedelics have changed culture; more talk about the stoned ape theory; Terence McKenna; Dennis McKenna; Psychedelic Salon podcast; talk about his new book How To Change Your Mind.
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