Episode 403

Matt Zemon - A Beginner's Guide to Healing and Growing with Psychedelics

Matt has a Masters's in Psychology and Neuroscience and is the editor of the book Psychedelics for Everyone — A Beginners Guide to These Powerful Medicines for Anxiety, Depression, Addiction, PTSD, and Expanding Consciousness. The book is a compilation of writings from a number of different experts. In 2019 Matt had an opportunity to experience a guided psilocybin (magic mushroom) journey and, he says, it completely changed his worldview. Since then, he has gone from someone who had never taken any drugs, with the exception of a little cannabis, to a deep dive into the study of human consciousness with the help of psilocybin, ayahuasca, ketamine, MDMA, and more. Psychedelics for Everyone is his attempt to share some of the insights he’s gained. He feels these drugs can sometimes play a powerful role in healing.

Subscribe to Untangle on your favorite podcast platform


Matt had a completely unexpected transformative experience with psychedelic medicine. This was his inspiration for diving much deeper and sharing what he’s learned. 

During the time he was getting his Master's in Psychology and Neuroscience he dove into everything he could find about psychedelic medicine. In this book, he wanted to compile something that was accessible for people without a medical background

He covers things that people should consider before taking the medicines and does a deep dive into eight of the most common psychedelic options. 

For him, the medicines were a key to unlock his human potential. They opened his mind and his heart in a way that was transformative. 
Most of the medicines quiet the default mode network and turn the inner narrator down, or off in many cases. After his experiences with psychedelics, he felt he could finally pause and experience quiet. 

It can let you separate and experientially step away from your body and your ego and look at yourself without shame, blame, or guilt.

It can also help to connect you spiritually to whatever that higher power looks like to the person taking it and, in many cases, inspire one to explore the greater meaning of life, In this, there's tremendous peace and relief.

He tells people that psychedelic medicine is not a cure, it's a catalyst. 

It’s important to note that he recommends always having an expert guide or skilled facilitator with you during any psychedelic journey. 

His overarching discovery is that “I am enough right now, I am loved, the world is abundant.  I don't need anything external to validate that. Knowing this in my heart and feeling it versus being told this are two different things.”


Visit Matt's website: Mattzemon.com