What is ketamine?
Research has proven that ketamine re-establishes and strengthens neural connections via dendrites—microscopic, spine-like structures that send and receive information.
What can ketamine do for you?
We use ketamine infusions to treat depression, anxiety, suicidality, PTSD, chronic pain, and other difficult-to-treat mood conditions.
At lower doses, it helps guide you beyond the superficial layers of your everyday mind and heal unhealthy neural pathways. It enables you to achieve the clarity you want to live the life you deserve. Our nurses and therapists guide you along this journey. We are with you every step along the way.
Its healing power activates within just hours, providing a quick and effective way to reconsider your life choices and reorient your direction.
Currently, the only legally prescribable psychedelic medicine, ketamine has a short duration of 45-90 minutes.
It typically provides a pleasant experience with few to no negative after-effects. Substantial clinical research demonstrates its safety and efficacy for treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain, and more.
What does ketamine feel like?
Ketamine produces a pleasant sense of disconnection from one’s ordinary reality and usual self.
Ketamine experiences are unique and may induce or enhance feelings of creativity, purpose, perspective, serenity, insight, inspiration, gratitude, empathy, connection with others and the world, openness to new ideas, psychological rebirth, and traveling outside of one’s self, among others. You may also experience visual, auditory, and other sensory effects.
Occasional, more intense experiences arise. Our experienced team is by your side to guide and support you throughout all infusions.
Today, ketamine is administered in safe doses by medical professionals for effective treatment—but, like many medically sanctioned treatments, that wasn’t always the case. This brief overview showcases the highs and lows of its growth and development including how it is now being repurposed from anesthesia to a mental health medication.
Ketamine is created
Ketamine was first synthesized in 1962 by Calvin L. Stevens, professor of Organic Chemistry at Wayne State University in Michigan.
After promising trials, the FDA approved ketamine as a field anesthetic for soldiers during the Vietnam War.
Just a party drug?
Ketamine use as a party drug began to increase in the 1980s, spreading across the U.S. Its healing properties mainly went unnoticed by the broader medical community.
In an effort to stop its illicit use, the U.S. made ketamine a federally controlled substance in 1999. Its use as a safe anesthesia medication increased.
Numerous studies showed ketamine to be a viable alternative treatment for depression, a development many consider a monumental advance in antidepressant research.
Today, thousands of ketamine clinics operate across the country. Clinical research and trials continue to provide evidence of intravenous ketamine's effectiveness in treating mood conditions.
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Experts at Northwest Ketamine Clinics are pioneering effective treatments to optimize ketamine's results and ensure it is provided in safe, therapeutic environments. Our knowledgeable staff is ready to talk with you about your options.
Hundreds of studies attest to the effectiveness of ketamine for mental health and chronic pain. We’ve hand-picked and analyzed some of the most prominent.