Ketamine is a medication that has been used for decades as an anesthetic in different medical settings. More recently, it has been studied for its potential to manage symptoms of severe and treatment-resistant psychiatric disorders and chronic pain conditions – in what is now known as ketamine infusion therapy.
Everyone’s depression is different, but Ted, a 40-year-old resident of Portland, Oregon, describes his as a “continuous dark veil — a foul, dark, awful perspective that informs every moment of your whole life.” He’d tried to treat it with antidepressants, therapy, visits to psychiatrists, “the whole nine,” but although the antidepressants kept him functional, they […]
Psychedelic Medicine 101: The curious case of ketamine A psychedelic renaissance is underway in medical research as certain taboo drugs return to the hands of doctors and researchers after decades in the wilderness. Once considered illicit, with no medical value, these psychedelic compounds are now being legitimately evaluated by scientists and revolutionizing how we practice […]
Few FDA-approved drugs have a reputation as controversial as Ketamine. This reputation is well earned. Originally developed in the 1960s as a short-acting anesthetic for battlefield use, in recent decades it has become notorious as a date-rape drug (‘Special K’)*, a club drug (‘Vitamin K’) and for its use in veterinary medicine (‘horse tranquilizer’).
Most people who have heard of ketamine know it is a recreational drug, a substance whose dissociative qualities have made it popular in the club scene since the nineteen-eighties. What many do not know is that ketamine is currently at the cutting edge of research into treatment-resistant depression.
Researchers at the Yale School of Medicine have called it “the magic drug,” able to halt severe depression and suicidal thoughts in patients within a matter of hours.
Researchers are studying the drug as a therapy for migraines that haven’t responded to other treatments.
For six years now, life has been really good for James. He has a great job as the creative director of an advertising firm in New York City. He enjoys spending time with his wife and kids.