The study of the medical uses of psilocybin (and other psychedelics) does not. Academic study of psilocybin found in hallucinogenic mushrooms, lysergic acid, and ecstasy is ongoing at major universities around the world. There are peer-reviewed articles on the uses of LSD for alcoholism, micro-dosing of LSD for depression, and palliative care to help the terminally ill die peacefully. The Food and Drug Administration has approved some initial clinical trials. And psychotherapists are experimenting in both clinical and clandestine settings. There is a quiet and methodical revolution in the way doctors and government officials talk and think about psychedelics. In just a few years, some of these drugs could be publicly available.
Michael Pollan is a science writer-editor and environmentalist. In 2001 his book The Botany of Desire changed the way we look at plants. In The Omnivore’s Dilemma, he tracked the history, ethnography and economics of our food supply into the 21st century and beyond. Pollan’s reports on the medical, legal contexts for the therapeutic use psychedelics in How to Change Your Mind.
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