What is ketamine? 

Ketamine therapy has become an effective treatment for depression, anxiety and PTSD. Ketamine therapy is done by IV infusion or intramuscular injection and usually lasts around an hour. During this time, people generally feel a sense of detachment from their body and may even experience hallucinations, and patients typically report feeling more relaxed and positive after the therapy session.

In addition to treating depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, ketamine has also been shown to be effective in treating chronic pain. As a result, ketamine therapy is becoming an increasingly popular treatment option for those suffering from a variety of mental and physical ailments.

How is ketamine used? 

Originally developed as an anesthetic, ketamine is now used for a variety of purposes. In high doses, it can act as a sedative, and it is sometimes used to help manage pain. In lower doses, ketamine can induce a dissociative state, which has led to its use in therapy. When used in therapy, ketamine can help people to confront difficult memories or emotions and provide insights to be integrated into daily life. 

What are the effects of ketamine? 

Ketamine therapy is a promising treatment option for patients with depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders. Unlike traditional antidepressants, ketamine works by reducing inflammation in the brain and restoring neuronal connections. In addition to its antidepressant effects, ketamine also has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect, which can help to reduce symptoms of anxiety and chronic pain. Although ketamine therapy is still in its early stages, it has shown promise as a safe and effective treatment option for patients who have not responded to other treatments.

Dr. Keith Heinzerling from Pacific Neuroscience Institute wrote, “a psychedelic-assisted therapy model with ketamine produces a short-lived but intense subjective experience—the mystical or peak experience—which triggers or elicits an afterglow, accompanied by a subsequent positive change in affect, insight, motivation, cognition, and behavior.”

How long do the effects of ketamine last? 

The effects of ketamine therapy can last a long time, even after just a single session.The length of time that the therapy lasts also depends on the individual and the severity of their condition. In general, though, the effects of ketamine therapy tend to be longer-lasting than other forms of treatment. This is because ketamine works by targeting specific receptors in the brain that are involved in mood and pain regulation. By targeting these receptors, ketamine helps to restore balance in the brain and improve symptoms. As a result, ketamine therapy can provide lasting relief for many people.

If you or someone you know if struggling with depression, anxiety or PTSD, reach out to Within Center today. Our admissions staff can answer questions about our ceremonial integration program and our varies retreat program.