Growing evidence suggests that the anesthetic ketamine, popularly known as the club drug “Special K,” can help people who are battling with their mental health. Ketamine, popularly known as “Special K,” is a medication that is used to treat serious depression and bipolar disorder. The medicine successfully decreases depression and suicidal thoughts quickly after being used, according to new research out of England. After a single dose, the anesthetic can relieve symptoms in as little as one to four hours. Patients with various psychiatric diseases may benefit from ketamine treatment, according to preliminary research.
In a statement, research lead author Merve Mollaahmetoglu said, “It’s important to stress that our review addressed ketamine administration in well-controlled clinical settings where any dangers of ketamine may be effectively managed.” According to a new assessment of ketamine research, ketamine has antidepressant and anti-suicidal benefits on depression and suicidal thoughts. To test the drug’s therapeutic effects in the future, larger and better-designed trials will be required. More study into the benefits of psychotherapy in conjunction with ketamine treatment is also needed.