The psychedelic healing renaissance is all around us, seeping into the mainstream culture more and more. Decriminalization and clinical trials abound especially in order to treat the treatment-resistant part of the population suffering from various maladies and with promising results. Author Michael Pollen dove in to find out and show us more…

First the book

“When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book.

But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third.

Thus began a singular adventure into various altered states of consciousness, along with a dive deep into both the latest brain science and the thriving underground community of psychedelic therapists.”

Now a Netflix docuseries

As Netflix says “Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney and New York Times best-selling author Michael Pollan present this documentary series event in four parts, each focused on a different mind-altering substance: LSD, psilocybin, MDMA, and mescaline.”

Indeed, our friends at MAPS are excited to take center stage in an episode of this highly anticipated Netflix series.

“With Pollan as our guide, we journey to the frontiers of the new psychedelic renaissance – and look back at almost-forgotten historical context – to explore the potential of these substances to heal and change minds as well as culture. How to Change Your Mind is directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Alison Ellwood and two-time Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Lucy Walker.”

Watch the trailer and mark your calendar for the series debut on Tuesday, July 12.