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How To Change Your Mind

By Marty Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Docuseries dives into the world of psychedelics.

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Michael Pollan's aim with this series is to reopen a discussion about psychedelics, which have mostly been stigmatized in American culture since the 1970s. How to Change Your Mind makes those arguments by examining the social and cultural history of LSD, psilocybin, MDMA, and mescaline. It's notable that all of the featured advocates for psychedelics are also practitioners, which means that there's no strong counterargument presented for why psychedelics might be harmful, even in controlled environments. Otherwise, the series deftly weaves together science, American history, and the spiritual importance of psychedelics to some Native American tribes and other cultures, and presents it in a clear, accessible way, filtered through Pollan's own experiences and curiosity.

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