This HND piece examines the anesthetic ketamine, delving into its history, current uses, and prospective applications as a therapy for depression, anxiety, PTSD, and in cocaine addiction treatment. Ketamine was first introduced as a replacement for PCP, used in the 1950s and early 1960s as a general anesthetic. But PCP had nasty hallucinogenic side effects, as was taken off the legal market.
While ketamine in proper doses can have mild hallucinogenic side effects of its own, it is mostly well tolerated and is quite safe. We describe the non-anesthetic uses as ketamine infusion grows in popularity.
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