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This Is Your Mind On Plants
This Is Your Mind On Plants: OpiumCaffeineMescaline | Michael Pollan
Of all the many things humans rely on plants for, surely the most curious is our use of them to change consciousness: to stimulate, calm, or completely alter the qualities of our mental experience. In This Is Your Mind On Plants, Michael Pollan explores three very different drugs - opium, caffeine and mescaline - and throws the fundamental strangeness of our thinking about them into sharp relief. Exploring and participating in the cultures that have grown up around these drugs, while consuming (or in the case of caffeine, trying not to consume) them, Pollan reckons with the powerful human attraction to psychoactive plants, and the equally powerful taboos. In a unique blend of history, science, memoir and reportage, Pollan shines a fresh light on a subject that is all too often treated reductively. In doing so, he proves that there is much more to say about these plants than simply debating their regulation, for when we take them into our bodies and let them change our minds, we are engaging with nature in one of the most profound ways we can. This ground-breaking and singular book holds up a mirror to our fundamental human needs and aspirations, the operations of our minds and our entanglement with the natural world.
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RamsFan1963
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148/150 This book is hard to describe. Its divided into three sections, dealing with the authors experiences with opium (growing poppy seed plants), caffeine and mescaline. The author isn't a drug dealer or user, but instead a gardener, whose interests border on the semi-illegal at times. 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
4th book finished for #WinterReadathon @Andrew65 @GHABI4ROSES @DieAReader

DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 2mo
Bklover I believe he is Michael J Fox‘s brother-in-law, which I know is totally irrelevant but maybe a bit interesting. 🤔 2mo
Andrew65 Sounds interesting. Well done 🎄🎄🎄 2mo
Soubhiville I‘ve been curious about this one. 2mo
AllDebooks This sounds ace 👌 2mo
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Pms

Helped me learn more about the psychoactive substances I use (ie caffeine) and those I may use in the future. Also helped me me understand the concept of “set and setting” which I plan on taking into consideration in the future

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5feet.of.fury
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A look in to different plants that alter our mental state: the poppy/opium, coffee beans & tealeaves/caffeine and cacti/peyote & mescaline. 🌺☕️🌵

And he‘s kinda just Hunter S Thomson‘ing around in a Ned Flanders way. The book takes look at the use throughout cultures &ages, impact of the war on drugs and his own experiences.

I haven‘t read one of his since Omnivore‘s Dilemma (2006) which I didn‘t love. But this was good, fun and informative.

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5feet.of.fury
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Just learned that it‘s legal to grow a mescaline cactus 🌵 probably wouldn‘t work in Massachusetts though, right?
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5feet.of.fury
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…this story where the author is growing poppies is so wild. Call everyone, including the cops & someone arrested for possessing dried poppies, that he is growing poppies.

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wen4blu
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An interesting look at the plants that produce caffeine, opium and mescaline.

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Chelsea.Poole
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so many houseplants! 🙈
My #bookspin for March was educational and entertaining. I listened to the audiobook which Pollan narrated.
Three substances from plants are featured in the book: caffeine (coffee and tea), opium (from poppies), and mescaline (from peyote plants)
He spends a majority of the section on opium discussing the legality of growing poppies and his own legal fears when publishing an article years ago on the subject.

AmyG I love your plants! 11mo
ElizaMarie oo Those plants are so impressive! 11mo
Chelsea.Poole @AmyG @ElizaMarie thank you both! One last picture in their current space, as they just got moved to another room in the house 😊🪴 11mo
GondorGirl Such a great collection of plant babies! I would love a room like that, but my cats eat anything they can reach. Thank goodness for hanging planters! 11mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I also seem to collect a lot of plants. The problem is that in the summer they go out on the front porch, which tricks my brain into thinking there is a lot more room in our house for plants than there actually is, which I consistently discover every fall when everything needs to come back inside! 😂 11mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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This #libraryhaul looks so pretty together. A mini garden from books! 📚 🌱 🌼🐝

mrsmarch All That She Carried was really good! 11mo
Librariana Agreed! I love the little vignette your library books' spines create 🥰 11mo
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Cosmos_Moon
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Amazing and insightful! And makes me want to eat cacti and poppies 😜 great gardening tips and discussion of what makes possession of certain plants illegal. Really enjoyed this listen!

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Erin.Elizabeth10
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An interesting listen! The Omnivore‘s Dilemma was pretty life-changing to me, and this book was definitely not life-changing. But it was interesting for those who like reading about nature, the body, and science in an accessible way!

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Nebklvr
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Pollan explores the asinine laws surrounding poppies and the varied world of psychedelics. This was informative and quite often humorous.

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BirdLaVie
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Not totally what I expected but I definitely think about our relationship to plants and nature differently than I had before! I feel more open and curious about natural drugs rather than judgmental or fearful. My favorite thought to mull over was the notion that we can learn a lot about what a culture values based on what plants they celebrate or prohibit. Worth a read or listen!

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Christine
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Sometimes Michael Pollan annoys me, but I can‘t quit his books and always enjoy them. I like his recent explorations of mind-altering substances at least as much as his food writing. Lines like these keep me coming back for more: “I came to see how integral caffeine is to the daily work of knitting ourselves back together after the fraying of consciousness during sleep. That reconsolidation of self - the daily sharpening of the mental pencil.“

SamAnne LOL. I feel the same way about him. 1y
Christine @SamAnne 😂, glad I‘m not alone! 1y
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Jen2
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Very interesting!

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Lindy
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Michael Pollan looks at human interactions and attitudes towards three psychoactive substances found in plants: a stimulant (caffeine); a sedative (opium); and a hallucinogenic (mescaline). I enjoyed this whole audiobook, which is narrated by the author, but my favourite part is the section about poppies. I learned you can sell the seeds in the USA but it‘s illegal to grow them there! Even florists break the law by selling dried stems.

Texreader Absolutely fascinating! Ok so…our neighborhood garden is full of poppies around the vegetable beds. They‘re beautiful. Are they illegal? 1y
Cathythoughts Sounds good …. Michael Pollen .. apt 😁 1y
Lindy @Texreader Are they illegal? The answer is complicated. If they are Papaver somniferum types, and the gardener is aware that they can be used as a psychoactive drug, then the answer is yes. But the law is rarely enforced. Growing them is illegal in Canada too, but lots of gardens have them here. 1y
Lindy @Cathythoughts Yes, he has the perfect name for a garden writer. 😁 1y
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Lindy
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The peyote cactus hugs the ground like a stone, a roundish blue-green pillow. It reminded me of a pincushion segmented into lobes arranged in a geometric pattern, each with a little furry white nipple where the spine should be. The flower bud emerges from the center. They‘re modest, thornless plants, easy to overlook, yet their intricate patterning suggests a mystical object of some power.
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Lindy
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Jim Hogshire was fortunate enough to come before a judge who raised a skeptical eyebrow at the charges filed against him. The hearing had its comic moments. In support of the government‘s assertion that Hogshire had intent to distribute, the prosecutor, apparently unfamiliar with the literary reference, cited the title of his book. ⬇️

Lindy (Continued) “It‘s not called Opium for Me, Opium for My Friends, or Opium for Anyone I Know. It‘s called Opium for the Masses which indicates that it‘s opium for a lot of people.” 1y
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CampbellTaraL
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Between a So-So & Pick. Pollan writing about his experiences cultivating and using licit and illicit plants: poppy seed tea (opiates), caffeine, and mescaline. I appreciate the care taken to respect the religious aspect of indigenous use, and its eye-opening just how convoluted the laws are regarding plant cultivation in order to work it into the now failed war on drugs. Good audiobook read by the author.

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Floresj
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This might be more of a 3.5/5, but Pollan‘s writing is so calming, I rounded up. This book is like a memoir about poppies, caffeine and mescaline with random information thrown in. It wasn‘t at all what I was expecting, and the caffeine portion was good. I‘m not considering taking psychedelics, but I was impressed that Pollan could take them and have the wherewithal to record the experience for those us who kind of wonder what‘s it‘s like.

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Megabooks
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Pollan expands previous work and tries peyote during the pandemic in his new book.

In 1996, Pollan wrote an article for Harper‘s about brewing homemade poppy tea. He expands on this and adds never before seen material that was cut due to legal issues. He admits missing the story of the millions of OxyContin prescriptions while worrying about the feds going after home growers of poppies.

Next he looks at caffeine. There is overlap with his ⬇️

Megabooks ⬆️ audible original on the same subject that was released last year. He quits coffee and tea and takes a dive into the history of those drinks. Finally, he looks into mescaline/peyote, which are not often used outside of indigenous communities. He ponders the rights of white people to infringe on a ceremonial plant but decides to go ahead with a pandemic-safe ceremony anyway. I‘m not sure if I agree with his appropriation but an interesting book! 2y
Chrissyreadit Thanks for sharing, I‘m very interested in how the brain works. 2y
Megabooks @Chrissyreadit he talks a little about brain chemistry, but this is a more sociological/historical look at these plants/compounds, FWIW. I enjoyed it! (edited) 2y
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Chrissyreadit I‘m very very interested in herbs and plants as medicinals , I like the idea of historical use and perspective too. 2y
Cinfhen This sounds super fascinating but a bit too scientific for my old lady brain 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen definitely not scientific. More history and personal experience. 👍🏻 2y
Cinfhen Oh, cool!! So #MaybeOneDay 2y
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Megabooks
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New in from the library for when I finish The Other Black Girl! 😁 I have a love/hate relationship with Pollan. Interested to see which this will be! The Five Wounds was an impulse checkout. 🤔

Cinfhen Both books sound good 😁curious to hear your thoughts ♥️ 2y
Cathythoughts Look forward to your thoughts on Other Black Girl ( I‘m trying a sample on kindle , takes awhile to get going … ?! 2y
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Chrissyreadit I am very curious about the tagged book. I‘m looking forward to seeing your thoughts. 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen I just started Plants. Rough morning, and I need some nonfiction. I spilled a 24 oz coffee all over my beige carpet!! 😩😩 (edited) 2y
Megabooks @Cathythoughts it does take awhile to get going. She spends an unusually long time establishing initial relationships/storyline (30%), so I‘m curious as to what the payoff for all that building will be. 2y
Megabooks @Chrissyreadit just started it. I‘ll tag you in my review! 👍🏻 2y
Cinfhen Yikes 😳 that‘s a rough clean up 🧽 😝🧼 ☕️ 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen it was!!! I just put the towels from cleaning up in the dryer because, of course, it made a load of laundry too!! 😂 2y
Cinfhen Of course 🙄😂 2y
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