This book is part history and part science, interwoven with a profound personal journey that Pollan undertakes as he delves into the world of psychedelics.
We learn about the history of psychedelics, starting with their use by indigenous peoples for spiritual and healing purposes. We then explore the counterculture movement in the 1960s and are introduced to some of the scientific work done by pioneers such as Albert Hoffman and Timothy Leary, prior to the government’s crack down on their use.
My key takeaways:
Concepts to explore further: