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Integrative Psychiatry Review

010 - MDMA with Erica Zelfand, ND


I speak with Dr. Erica Zelfand, a family physician, writer, speaker, and expert in psychedelic medicine. She has completed MAPS training for MDMA-assisted psychotherapy, trained sitters for the Zendo Project, and spoken at many conferences and workshops on psychedelics. In this interview we cover: 

What is MDMA and why is it illegal?

For the sake of harm reduction, what should people know about Ecstacy use in recreational settings? What are contraindications, risks, and suggestions for safe use?

What is the history of MDMA’s discovery and use?

What is the chemistry of MDMA?

What brain regions are involved?

Why is it an effective treatment for PTSD?

What is the treatment protocol?

What else is it good for?

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Disclaimer: topics discussed on the podcast are for educational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Consult with your medical provider about the appropriateness of these interventions in your individual case.

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by Matthew Hicks