Summary: KALW Public Radio interviews acclaimed journalist Michael Pollan about the resurgence of clinical research into the medical benefits of psychedelics. During the interview, Pollan speaks about the introduction of psilocybin mushrooms to the West, details current research into psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy as a treatment for end-of-life anxiety, and highlights what he learned about psychedelic research while writing his recently-published New Yorker article titled “The Trip Treatment.”
Listen to the interview here.
Author and Journalist Michael Pollan usually writes about food, often about your more garden variety mushrooms. But in a recent New Yorker article, he writes about the history and the resurgence of psychedelic mushrooms in medical research. Some doctors are now using their main ingredient to treat anxiety and depression in cancer patients, and also to help people overcome addiction. He sat down with Leah Rose from “The Upshot” podcast to talk about what he calls “The Trip Treatment.”