How Ketamine-Assisted Therapy Works
Ketamine is a legal medication in Canada that has been used for over 50 years as an anesthetic agent for surgery, and for over 20 years as a treatment for depression. It has been found to be safe when administered by appropriately trained health care practitioners in a safe, medical environment.
Ketamine is a medicine with psychedelic properties. It can affect perception and sensations in the body and mind, sometimes producing sensations of floating or “out-of-body” experiences, relaxation, changes to negative feelings, and dream-like states.
When experiencing the effects of ketamine in a medical environment, short-term changes in your state of consciousness can help process strong emotions and memories that could otherwise be too painful or difficult to access. This experience may lead to personal breakthroughs by clarifying and helping address the root causes of mental health conditions and their contribution to neurological illness.
Research has also shown that ketamine induces neuroplasticity, which means it increases and strengthens connections in the brain creating a state in which the brain may function more optimally.
The combined effect of the experience of ketamine and the changes induced in the brain, provide the potential to produce lasting change to mental health conditions and their contribution to neurological diagnoses and/or improvement in certain neurological conditions.
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