Michael Pollan with Rick Doblin

Along with a geographically-dispersed group of independent bookstores  - Boulder Bookstore, Changing Hands (Tempe), and Vroman’s (Pasadena - we are delighted to present this special virtual program with Michael Pollan, who has been turning readers’ minds and bodies around in different directions now for several books running. He follows his most recent, How to Change Your Mind, with This is Your Mind on Plants (Penguin Press).

“Pollan centers this lucid exploration of the psycho-social impact of mind-altering plants on his personal experiences with opium, mescaline, and, most intensely, caffeine. He starts with [a] … piece about brewing opium tea from poppies, which produced mild euphoria … The second chapter ... describes a monthslong abstention from caffeine, which precipitated persistent feelings of mental dullness, and his triumphal return to coffee drinking (“Whatever I focused on, I focused on zealously and single-mindedly”). - Publishers Weekly.

“Building on his lysergically drenched book How to Change Your Mind, Pollan looks at three plant-based drugs and the mental effects they can produce. . . . A lucid (in the sky with diamonds) look at the hows, whys, and occasional demerits of altering one’s mind.” —Kirkus Reviews.

We won’t even go into the possibilities for watching this from one’s home, what altered state one might opt for … it’ll surely be quite an evening, whatever. Rick Doblin, Ph.D., is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). He received his doctorate in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where he wrote his dissertation on the regulation of the medical uses of psychedelics and marijuana and his Master's thesis on a survey of oncologists about smoked marijuana vs. the oral THC pill in nausea control for cancer patients. Rick studied with Dr. Stanislav Grof and was among the first to be certified as a Holotropic Breathwork practitioner. His professional goal is to help develop legal contexts for the beneficial uses of psychedelics and marijuana, primarily as prescription medicines but also for personal growth for otherwise healthy people, and eventually to become a legally licensed psychedelic therapist.


Co-presented by Boulder Bookstore, Changing Hands Bookstore, Vroman’s Bookstore, and Elliott Bay Book Company.

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ISBN: 9780593296905
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Press - July 6th, 2021

Monday, July 12, 2021 - 6:00pm
Virtually Hosted by Changing Hands Bookstore
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