What is Ketamine?
What is Ketamine used for?
Ketamine received its FDA approval based on its anesthetic properties and is already being used in medical settings for this purpose. In addition to its anesthetic properties, it has proven to yield analgesic effects as well and it is touted as an anti-obsessional and antidepressant compound. It has also been found to possess neuro-protective properties that support neuro-plasticity.
Ketamine has shown to provide benefits to users that are suffering from mood and pain disorders while more research is currently being done to determine the long-term effects of continued use.
Ketamine Experience Duration
What Disorders Could be Treated with Ketamine-Assisted Therapy?
- Pain and/or pain disorders
- Mood disorders including major depression disorder
- Addiction disorders
Is Ketamine Safe for Continued Use?
There is some concern surrounding the potential for dependency with Ketamine, especially where it is used in a clinical setting to support substance abuse disorders. It is becoming increasingly emphasized that the continued use of Ketamine as a therapeutic drug requires adequate talk-therapy (and in many cases, psychotherapy) outside of the assisted user sessions due to the shorter duration of its positive effects and the need for the user to integrate their experiences with the drug.
Despite its positive influences in the areas of helping to treat pain and mood disorders, there are signs that extended use of Ketamine can lead to toxicity in the kidneys and the bladder and have negative impacts on the urinary tract. Ketamine was approved by the FDA in 1970 as an anesthetic drug and is now being legally prescribed for a growing list of indication factors. More research is necessary to determine the overall benefits and risk factors of using Ketamine as a therapeutic treatment over the long-term.
About Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy
Psychedelic-assisted therapy incorporates the use of psychedelics, like ketamine, into the therapy process. Professionally trained psychedelic therapists work with their clients in pre- and post-experience sessions to prepare them for the experience and then unpack that experience. Therapists do not sit with clients while they have their psychedelic experience. This important part of the journey is facilitated by a psychedelic guide. Working together as a care team, the psychedelic participant is fully supported.
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