Matt Zemon on ABC 7 Sarasota

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In this interview with ABC 7 Sarasota, Matt Zemon, a noted psychedelic speaker and psychedelic author, shared his insights on the transformative power of psychedelic therapy for treating mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Matt, who founded the company HAPPYY and authored a book on psychedelic-assisted therapy, highlighted the promising research and personal experiences that led him to advocate for these treatments. He explained that ketamine, an FDA-approved substance, is currently legal and used under medical supervision to combat severe depression and anxiety.


Matt emphasized the importance of guided and medically supervised use of psychedelics, citing his own profound experience with psilocybin, commonly known as magic mushrooms. This journey motivated him to pursue further education in neuroscience and psychology, culminating in a book that blends research with personal stories to inform the public. He discussed how psychedelics work by quieting the brain’s default mode network, fostering spiritual connections, and encouraging novel neural activity, which can act as a catalyst for significant mental health improvements, especially when traditional antidepressants fail.


He also addressed the harm profile of various substances, pointing out that psychedelics like MDMA and psilocybin are significantly less harmful compared to alcohol and tobacco, with the potential for great benefit. The FDA’s breakthrough therapy designation for MDMA and psilocybin underscores their therapeutic promise, and states like Colorado are beginning to create frameworks for their decriminalized use. Matt highlighted the necessity of proper psychedelic preparation and integration to ensure safe and effective experiences.


For those interested in exploring these treatments, Matt recommended finding psychedelic-friendly therapists and psychedelic guides through directories like Third Wave and Psychedelic Spotlight. To learn more about Matt Zemon’s work and the broader psychedelic movement visit, where you can find resources and his book, “Psychedelics for Everyone.” This interview underscores the growing interest in psychedelics for depression, psychedelics for addiction, and psychedelics and PTSD, marking a significant shift towards more holistic and potentially transformative mental health treatments.


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Matt Zemon

Author of two best-selling books: Psychedelics for Everyone: A Beginner’s Guide to These Powerful Medicines for Anxiety, Depression, Addiction, PTSD, and Expanding Consciousness and Beyond the Trip,A Journal for Psychedelic Preparation and Integration, I hold a Master’s degree from King’s College London …

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