Michael Pollan on testing psychedelics as a treatment for depression

After decades in the shadows, psychedelic drugs are the focus of new studies testing their efficacy at treating a variety of psychological issues, including depression.

Back in the 1950s, tens of thousands of patients were treated with psychedelics such as LSD. But the 1960s saw a dramatic shift in America’s view of psychedelics. The research was halted, and erased from mainstream medicine.

Bestselling author Michael Pollan has written about the potential uses for LSD and psilocybins (so-called “magic mushrooms”) in his new book, “How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence.” (Penguin).

Appearing on “CBS This Morning” Monday, Pollan was asked how he started in his research into psychedelics. Read more and watch the video here.