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Michael Pollan, author of “This Is Your Mind On Plants,” answers the internet’s burning questions about psychedelics. How does LSD work? What is ego death? How are psychedelics used for addiction therapy? Why are psychedelics so frowned upon? Michael answers all these questions and much more. For more on the pharmacology of plants, read Michael…

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Michael Pollan, author of “This Is Your Mind On Plants,” answers the internet’s burning questions about psychedelics. How does LSD work? What is ego death? How are psychedelics used for addiction therapy? Why are psychedelics so frowned upon? Michael answers all these questions and much more.

For more on the pharmacology of plants, read Michael Pollan’s latest book THIS IS YOUR MIND ON PLANTS – –

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  1. Ro Man

    September 14, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Breaking to the mainstream!

  2. Rune

    September 14, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    think we need to ask musk for some funding

  3. Jadon Severson

    September 14, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    The government loves it when they’re citizens have Ego’s, which is why psychedelics are illegal.

  4. Joel miller

    September 14, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    I haven’t done LSD as I’m simply too afraid but I’ve done shrooms and would recommend them for everyone to try them at least once

  5. Leosterine

    September 14, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    michael pollan is a gift, love his book and what hes done for the psychedelic community !!

  6. Raz MaTaz

    September 14, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    Thinking this guy’s name is familiar, realise I have How to Change Your Mind sitting on my night table.

  7. John Lee

    September 14, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    Of course his name is Michael pollan

  8. Gonza A

    September 14, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Buncha weirdos

  9. Ronnel Torres

    September 14, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    this is great but can we have DMT support with Joe Rogan?

  10. Lefrank James

    September 14, 2021 at 11:20 pm

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    • Fernandes Martial

      September 15, 2021 at 12:14 am

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    • Fernandes Martial

      September 15, 2021 at 12:14 am

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      September 15, 2021 at 12:17 am

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      September 15, 2021 at 12:19 am

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      September 15, 2021 at 12:20 am

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  11. Rocío Sartelli

    September 14, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    Love u Michael!

  12. Gringo Amigo

    September 14, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    The mushrooms was one of my most unforgettable experiences in my life. It literally felt like my brain became completely unbound and running free. First thing I ever saw was a volcano with purple lava flowing into my mouth… and bubbles

  13. First Commenter

    September 15, 2021 at 12:02 am

    banned in many countries such as Singapore

  14. Jullian Bennett

    September 15, 2021 at 12:34 am

    dont do fuckin lsd

  15. Jacob Lee

    September 15, 2021 at 12:38 am

    Psychedelics are only helpful in treating addiction if the user wants to quit. If the user doesn’t want to quit then they can actively ignore the psychological help that psychedelics grant.

  16. Jacob Lee

    September 15, 2021 at 12:41 am

    The psychedelic research renaissance only occurred because the US Government stopped trying to weaponize psychedelics. Lmao I do sound like a conspiracy nut.

  17. Chris Mastro

    September 15, 2021 at 12:41 am

    I don’t think Pollen would even call himself an expert…

  18. Jason

    September 15, 2021 at 12:45 am

    Amazing!

  19. rickyboi! 2.0

    September 15, 2021 at 12:46 am

    Don’t do drugs

  20. rickyboi! 2.0

    September 15, 2021 at 12:52 am

    proceed with caution. It is illegal you should NOT PROCEED

  21. Sharonmxg

    September 15, 2021 at 1:02 am

    one time, in high school, I dropped acid with some friends. It wasn’t scary, but it wasn’t a lot of fun. It was fun at first, nothing life changing occurred but I was ready to be done LONG before the stuff wore off.

  22. Sharonmxg

    September 15, 2021 at 1:05 am

    how can I find a clinic that will treat my recalcitrant major recurrent depression. I have been on a long list of different psych meds and nothing has really pushed the melancholy away. 35 years of treatment and I am still in a fog.

  23. Adam Matuska

    September 15, 2021 at 1:07 am

    I ate about 200 mushrooms almost 20 years ago, and I cannot wait for the trip to end. PS: don’t eat excessive amounts of magic mushrooms, the trips get really awful!

  24. Danur Impiannya Terwujud

    September 15, 2021 at 1:17 am

    for people ask do blind people experience trip 10:36
    here is your answer

  25. cadet526

    September 15, 2021 at 1:18 am

    I never heard of the machine elves until now!

  26. Jeremy R

    September 15, 2021 at 11:51 am

    Great video! Thanks for posting!

  27. Alec Jones

    September 15, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    @psychedsubstance is also a great harm reduction teacher!

  28. Original Ghoul

    September 15, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    NIH can fund creating a Covid virus but against funding something that can help? Curious?

  29. dondrap513

    September 15, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    The way to avoid a bad trip is to have a lot of benzos on hand. If things get too ugly, you just take Xanax and go to sleep.

  30. Lindsay Haugen

    September 15, 2021 at 3:06 pm

    Anybody else here because of “Nine Perfect Strangers”?

  31. L. V. Werneck

    September 15, 2021 at 3:35 pm

    I swear I didn’t come in expecting 50 shades of maybe, but I still loved it

  32. Dave Kirby

    September 15, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    Hamilton would have been a much better expert in my opinion.

  33. George

    September 15, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    I wanna be him when I grow up.

  34. RigzoTV

    September 15, 2021 at 5:46 pm

    Yay! I learned a new word today.

  35. FlophouseBlue

    September 15, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    Psychedelics can cause nervous breakdowns in people that don’t have schizophrenia. Be careful with with drugs.

  36. Nic Berry

    September 15, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    So happy this is becoming more popular

  37. smythee

    September 15, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    I had absoltely not heard of the machine elves but after a chat a year of so after i noticed this was a thing because i had seen strange creatures dancing around which others refer as machine elves. there you go.

  38. afg122602

    September 15, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    lsd was always my favorite

  39. Moksha Lani

    September 15, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    I really love how rooted into reality he is about it all even if it’s still magic to him, he stays completely objective about it & yet still allows himself to be touched by the wonder

    • sucusus

      September 15, 2021 at 11:46 pm

      because the world is magic 🙂

  40. Li Sca

    September 15, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    Very interesting

  41. Thomp

    September 15, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    I quit cigarettes when I did dmt. Haven’t had one since. Been almost two years

    • Mayhem Love

      September 16, 2021 at 12:12 am

      Do you have any particular excuse that you tell yourself in order to quit smoking completely?

  42. Stendaal Cartography

    September 15, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    Love this vid yo lol

  43. Ricardo Morales

    September 15, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    So he’s an expert because he has done a tona of drugs and survived? And wrote a book about it. His wikipedia says he’s a journalist, a college professor and an author.

  44. Monkeyballs234

    September 15, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    More of this pls

  45. Nasty Dan Lagoon

    September 15, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    This guy got some things messed up and left out. For one the mechanical gnomes are were found in mushroom trips originally and two, he didn’t talk about Hoffmans bicycle ride to the hospital

  46. Richard in Siam

    September 15, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    A fun little hobby for sure! I think you get so much more the first couple of times, then the control factor is much different. Different form of thinking the more you do it. But remarkable and he is correct.

  47. Johnny Cipperly

    September 15, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    Dmt is very ‘electric’ to me with a low dose but at a high dose it’s completely surreal. I get heavy geometric patterns on lsd though. Mushrooms can be all over the place, maybe because of the type.
    This is the beauty of psychedelic meds, people. I think he was pretty on point when he said personal bias might have a larger impact than people think while in the experience.

  48. Marcella

    September 16, 2021 at 12:32 am

    pollan is the best <3

  49. ChrisCrond

    September 16, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    Learning how to “go with the flow”, “see the vibration”, and also being forced to come in touch with all your fears.. I’m a completely different person

  50. bloodsimple94

    September 16, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    I would love to have this man as a teacher. He’s just so effortlessly engaging.

  51. Michael Gaughan

    September 16, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    So, when do we get to see him review hallucination/trip scenes in movies?

  52. Mystic Zealot

    September 16, 2021 at 4:36 pm

    Love this guy. What a good job.

  53. Misses Witch

    September 16, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    It’s funny how I’ve had all of these things just by dreaming!

  54. TheBtremb

    September 16, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    This dude lying so hard😂 never once in my 20 years of lsd have I “seen” things. That’s more reserved for psilocybin💀🤡

  55. Jake Nicholls

    September 16, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    AOC ❤️

  56. Shawn

    September 16, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    The first acid trip is the best …I wish every trip was the. First trip

    Same for mdma

    Chasing the dragon 😿😿😿

  57. Mr. Peace

    September 16, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    8:00 is the best question “well that would be really weird”

  58. prøject icon

    September 16, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    Of course this video would come up on my birthday!!

  59. who

    September 16, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    when you start peaking smoke some weed , especially sativa it enhances your visuals 🕳

  60. Cloe P

    September 16, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    This was such an interesting video. I think it’s worth mentioning that ketamine (which has been used as an anesthetic for decades and is legal) has psychedelic properties and is being used off-label to treat depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses. It is administered in much lower doses because the goal isn’t to be knocked out. I recently tried it and did 6 sessions (in a medical setting) and while it didn’t really help with my depression per say, it is such an amazing and unique experience to have. Although it didn’t help me the way that I wanted it to, it was still such a positive and worthwhile experience that I think many people should try. So I’m just putting this out there for people that want to try psychedelics, but are afraid to, ketamine is a great option although it is quite pricey.

  61. CNV

    September 16, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    So psychedelic

  62. Blake

    September 16, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    “someone I know” did DMT several times years and years ago and had never heard the machine elves thing. They never saw them once. Also before using it, it was described as something that the brain creates while we dream. They never saw geometric figures and everything was swirly and ‘drippy.’ So set and setting were definitely in play there

  63. El Bence

    September 16, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    this is the type of content we need to spread the truth of psychedelics and their healing properties

  64. Or A

    September 16, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    What an awesome dude

  65. ᯽ Playlust. ᯽

    September 16, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    Fun fact, LSD is a hallucinogenic because of the reason it fits so well with serotonin receptors. Mental disorders involving paranoia and hallucinations, like schizophrenia, are caused by an excess of serotonin, as well as potentially other neurotransmitters. Absolutely not saying LSD causes those types of disorders, but it can have a similar effect if taken incorrectly (please correct me if I’m wrong about any of this. I’m a psychology and biology student, but by no means an expert!)

  66. Richard Williams IV

    September 16, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    How is he the expert? This guys leanings discredit anything he has to say.

  67. IoI wut

    September 17, 2021 at 12:03 am

    if not for all the edits/cuts this would be a great video to recommend to someone having a bad trip. unless you just wanna fk with someone – then this would be quite effective. its like removing honesty and consequently whole-ness.

    i swear im sober. not lying.

  68. Justa Youtuber

    September 17, 2021 at 12:09 am

    This was a GREAT episode. Michael Pollan is direct and very knowledgeable. I’ve never done any drug, but this was very interesting.

  69. IoI wut

    September 17, 2021 at 12:11 am

    13:00 wait wut lol. that took me a sec to realize this wasn’t just some random on twitter

  70. Justa Youtuber

    September 17, 2021 at 12:13 am

    “I’ve never smoked marijuana. But I ate a brownie once at a party in college. It was intense! It was kind of indescribable, actually. I felt like I was floating. Turns out there wasn’t any pot in the brownie. It was just an insanely good brownie.”
    -Leslie Knope.

  71. Thompter S. Hunson

    September 17, 2021 at 12:29 am

    The wisest phrase you’ll ever hear is this: There are only two kinds of people on this earth… Those who have taken LSD and those who have not.

  72. D. Strässler

    September 17, 2021 at 12:34 am

    I’m a Psychonaut 🤠🍄

  73. a2pabmb2

    September 17, 2021 at 1:08 am

    Psychedelics won’t ever solve our mental health crisis, but maybe they’ll open our minds to the toxic society we’ve built that has caused and exacerbated the crisis.

  74. Dane kws

    September 17, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    this guy reminds me much of john malkovich

  75. Polly Sey

    September 17, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    Stop making nature illegal, people.

  76. FlezzDurjis

    September 17, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    this guy started taking psychedelics 3 years ago, why do people ask him these questions?

  77. Darrin IDontCare

    September 17, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    I had 3 “sessions” with DMT and I don’t regret it. Definitely came out a better person. That being said make sure you do your fuckin research on it beforehand CAN NOT stress this enough

  78. MJ B

    September 17, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    Joe Rogan likes this 👁👄👁

  79. Christopher Newman

    September 17, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    Why are we glorifying drugs? This isn’t cool.

  80. oceans taiga

    September 17, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    Can’t imagine taking psychedelics cause I hallucinated on morphine (during hospital treatment) and that stuff was scary af how tf am I gonna deal with shrooms taking me to another dimension

  81. Michelle C

    September 17, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    I want to try LCD so bad I’m in such a perfect mind set right now but no idea where to get it

  82. user255

    September 17, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    LSD being serotonergic doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with its hallucinogenic properties (interfering/inhibiting compounds in the experiments may act via transportation). There are hallucinogens that are not serotonergic, but instead antiglutamatergic, GABAergic, opioidergic and even cannabinoidergic. Those are just the recognized ways they act and all of these categories include compounds, which are not hallucinogens.

  83. After Stupid Show

    September 17, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    Don’t watch heavy movies like “The Wall”.
    Watch the little rascals, three stooges or Brady bunch.

  84. d _

    September 17, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    7:30 There was a man named Howard Lotsof who was addicted to heroin. In the 60’s he ingested a chemical called ibogaine, which he noted was able to produce a strong reduction in his heroin cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

  85. Sweet Kitty

    September 17, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    Pollan is well-spoken and easily understood but he is a journalist and author, not a MD, psychiatrist, or researcher in the field. It would have been more suitable to have him speak on topical non-fiction and journalism/writing.

  86. Zachery McClain

    September 17, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    It’s crazy to think know next to nothing on why you experience these things with psychedelics even after all these years. Maybe they are a more spiritual tool than we imagine

  87. francisco guinle de barros

    September 17, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    Ngl, I did not expect for AOC to have a question featured here

  88. Tom Alex Helm

    September 17, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    This guy is so engaging & interesting

  89. Dr. Meril

    September 18, 2021 at 12:07 am

    Thank you Joe Rogan for introducing me to this amazing human being. I respect this man tremendously and I bought his How To Change Your Mind but haven’t started it

  90. AKprime051

    September 18, 2021 at 12:21 am

    Not me getting very excited and then very disappointed about the answer to do blind people trip? I’m blind, so obviously interested LOL.

  91. Patrick Trossbach

    September 18, 2021 at 12:28 am

    Your explanation of geometry and DMT is bogus. I had no idea that could even be an outcome until it happened to me.

  92. Andrew Combs

    September 18, 2021 at 12:44 am

    When he talks at the end about psychedelics disrupting society, one of the ways it was disruptive is that people who use psychedelics tend to question things like war and imperialism, and the Nixon administration wanted to put a stop to the hippy/anti-war movement, so they engineered marketing and legislation to change public opinion and allow them to jail psychedelics users. (Nixon also used the war on drugs to specifically target minorities; do a Google search)

  93. Antikia

    September 18, 2021 at 12:54 am

    I have a friend who has schizophrenia, he says he feels normal the day after a trip, like he doesn’t have schizophrenia on that particular day

  94. Scot L

    September 18, 2021 at 1:10 am

    Society in North America in the 20th century absolutely required disruption. There’s disruption now however it’s going backwards.

  95. Evan Schmidt

    September 18, 2021 at 1:13 am

    Absolutely brilliant breakdown, though I’d have to disagree when it comes to DMT and the ‘geometric’ hallucinations. I had no idea DMT was synthetic during my first experience and (having done LSD prior) definitely noticed a distinct change in what I was hallucinating. A lot of repeating textures and geometric patterns as opposed to the more contextual organic hallucinations I experienced with acid. Fascinated to see if neuroscience gets to a point where it can explain why that’s the case

  96. Victoria Pulcifer

    September 18, 2021 at 1:21 am

    Yall doin research trials?

    Want a free subject? 👀👀👀

  97. G P

    September 18, 2021 at 1:27 am

    I like him. He seems trustworthy. More
    Please!

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