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How Drugs Have Shaped History


What does it mean to plant an opium poppy in your New England garden? If you are ignorant to it’s qualities as an analgesic drug, you may grow it to your hearts content. However, if you have even the faintest understanding of it’s mind altering potential, such an act can land you in jail with your assets seized by the cops. This is the dilemma that drove journalist Michael Pollan to explore the relationship between mind altering plants and humankind in his new book: This is Your Mind on Plants.

The author of The Botany of Desire, How To Change Your Mind and The Omnivore’s Dilemma talks to Ash Sarkar about Caffeine, Capitalism and How to avoid a bad trip.

Date: September 10, 2023

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