Dr. Peter Silverstone

Dr. Peter Silverstone is a psychiatrist, researcher, and founder and CEO of Zylorion Health. He's also author of the Wall Street Journal bestselling book, The Promise of Psychedelics: Science-Based Hope for Better Mental Health.

Dr. Peter Silverstone

Dr. Peter Silverstone is a psychiatrist, researcher, founder and CEO of Zylorion Health. He's author of The Promise of Psychedelics: Science-Based Hope for Better Mental Health. 

Promise of Psychedelics WSJ

"...an easy-to-read guide for anyone who might be interested in the future of mental health treatment."
Angie G., New York, NY 

The Promise of Psychedelics

Science-Based Hope for Better Mental Health

by Dr. Peter Silverstone

Nearly forty years ago, Dr. Peter Silverstone was a young MD who took up a new position in psychopharmacology research at Oxford University. Since then, the field has bloomed into a spectrum of possibilities that includes the use of psychedelics as a treatment for depression, addiction, PTSD, grief, and anxiety.

And Dr. Silverstone has gone on to lead ground-breaking research into things like amphetamine interaction with the brain, mental health’s impact on physical health, psychedelic use in psychotherapy, and to lead award-winning treatment breakthroughs in mental health therapy programs.

The Promise of Psychedelics is for you—if you or someone you know has not received successful treatment despite trying several mental health therapy programs and medication. You are not alone: one in five adults at any one time suffer mental health issues that impact their functioning.

Dr. Peter Silverstone

Dr. Peter Silverstone is a physician, neuroscientist, entrepreneur, and author focused on designing and implementing new solutions to prevent and treat mental health disorders. He is chief executive officer and founder of Zylorion Health, and a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta where he recently served as interim chair.

Dr. Silverstone has been an active brain and pharmaceutical researcher in areas including psychopharmacology, self-esteem, bipolar disorder, imaging, depression in medically ill patients, e-mental health, and training police offers in de-escalation techniques. He has received research grants and funding from a wide source of agencies, including Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and other national and international bodies. He was continuously funded by Alberta Innovates Health Solutions (AIHS) and its predecessor Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) from 1994–2013 and he was the inaugural scientific director for the Strategic Clinical Network in Addiction and Mental Health (SCN) for Alberta Health Services.

Reviews for Dr. Peter Silverstone and
The Promise of Psychedelics 

"An intriguing, illuminating, and multifaceted approach to mental health treatment.”

Kirkus Reviews

"The Promise of Psychedelics is an engaging, concise introduction to the potential benefits of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy."

Foreword Reviews


"(Dr.) Peter Silverstone provides hope for countless people who are struggling to find effective treatment for their mental health issues. His revolutionary approach promises support in order that people can live more fulfilling lives."

Piet Langstraat

Deputy Commissioner, BC Ferry Commission 

"...easy to read, well laid out, and thought provoking."

Stephen C.  

Hamilton, ON, Canada

"The explanations and details about the brain and psychedelics were amazing. The book is engaging and understandable, with simple analogies used to explain complex concepts."

Richard W.  

Richmond, BC, Canada

"As a person suffering from depression, I would love to try the methods he proposes in the book, with the guidance of professionals as soon as things have been approved by the FDA. I think this book will help a wide audience."

Angie G.  

New York, NY, USA

"Clever analogies, puns, music and musicians, quotes from family and famous hockey players, taxi drivers and The Knowledge, walnut brains, almond parts, Sherlock Holmes, ants and chimps and elephants and seahorses. This talented author has woven a story from start to finish."

Josephine N.

"...completely transformational. A message of hope for clinicians and those who live with mental illness. For those with resistance to medications or for those who have a condition with no approved medication, you have changed the game."

Pikko's House  

Honolulu, HI, USA

"A good book, easy to read. I liked that Dr. Silverstone didn’t talk down to me and presumed I had the ability to understand complex information. The book moved quickly and I never felt bogged down or that reading it was a chore, which I sometimes feel with other nonfiction. I was surprised about the complexity of the approval process for psychedelic use. I want to be able to sign up for the therapy!" 

Morgan G.  

Langley, BC, Canada

A Therapeutic Revolution

The good news is that we're on the cusp of a therapeutic revolution in mental health. The explosion in knowledge of the brain and neuroscience over the past twenty years means the medical profession is much more aware of what can happen and why.

There are two parts to this, and together they are stronger than either alone. The first part is the potential for psychedelic treatment. The second is made up of the advances in science-based therapy. It’s the combination of the two that offers such hope. They boost each other in a synergistic way. 

In The Promise of Psychedelics I describe both parts. Yet even with this promise, making a difference is still a challenge. That’s because how we diagnose and treat mental health problems hasn’t caught up with the science. You may be one of those who has a mental health issue which has not responded to treatment. Or you may know someone close to you in that situation. I’ve written The Promise of Psychedelics to help people like you."

—Dr. Peter Silverstone, from The Promise of Psychedelics

Available now in ebook, paperback, and audiobook.

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Silverstone Global News at Noon

Global News posted 

An inside look at the Zylorion production facility and its possible impact on the Edmonton community.

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CBC posted

How Zylorion plans to play a major role in the growing Canadian psychedelic health field.

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CBC posted

Dr. Peter Silverstone explains how psychedelics can be used for mental health purposes and Zylorion’s business plan.

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Edmonton Journal posted 

An interview with Dr. Peter Silverstone about the beginnings of Zylorion and its projections for the coming years.

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