PositiveThe Washington PostWhile not as revelatory as Pollan’s major works, this is a wonderful and compelling read that will leave you thinking long after you set it down ... Pollan is an astonishingly good writer, at times intimate and vulnerable, at times curious and expository, always compelling and credible. Reading his writing can be kind of like taking a psychedelic—a literary onomatopoeia. When I put the book down I felt temporarily smarter, more capable of deeper perception of myself and the world around me. It’s a wonderful and important gift ... After coming down from my reading high, though, I have a couple of reservations. First, Pollan’s interests are wide-ranging, but he seems most taken with brain sciences and sometimes flirts with a soft form of pharmacological essentialism—that is, a tendency to reduce drugs’ social and political complexities to the interactions between chemicals and brains ... I also have concerns about Pollan’s drug policy critiques. He can be effective here, skewering the absurdities produced by an irrational and arbitrary war against plant drugs ... When Pollan bridles that drug laws limit his freedom, and when he ridicules the foolishness of lumping him and his cozy garden with fearsome \'addicts\' and criminals, he unintentionally reinforces this pernicious drug war logic ... These political qualms didn’t keep me from enjoying This Is Your Mind on Plants. It’s a lovely book by a deep thinker and a masterful storyteller. I can’t help but hope that such a powerful ally will wade as deeply into drug politics as he does drug neuroscience.