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Research & FAQs

Research

Therapeutic psychedelics are associated with decreased rumination and negative affect, enhanced psychological connectedness and mindfulness, heightened states of awe and transcendent experiences.

Ketamine is the only legal psychedelic medicine available for the treatment of emotional suffering.  Ketamine can benefit patients with a wide variety of diagnoses when administered with psychotherapy. 

Ketamine leads to fast changes in synaptic function and plasticity that go well beyond effects of classical antidepressants. As a result, ketamine may turn out to have the capacity to considerably enhance the effects of psychotherapy.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How effective is Ketamine in treating depression?
    According to studies, Ketamine infusions to treat depression can be successful for 60-80% of people. Although the effects of Ketamine often last several weeks, some people can be depressed-free for months.
  • Is a recommendation from my primary care provider required?
    No, you can be referred by any registered mental health care practitioner or physician.
  • What is the age requirement for treatment?
    Patients as young as 13 have been seen by Shakti Therapy and Healing Services.
  • Is there anything in my medical history that would preclude me from obtaining treatment?
    Ketamine infusion treatment is not recommended for people with psychosis. If you have high blood pressure, cardiac, or pulmonary concerns, your primary care physician may need to offer medical clearance before you begin ketamine infusions.
  • Will I be dozing off throughout the procedure?
    No. The ketamine dose you will be given will not cause you to lose consciousness.
  • What is the duration of the effects?
    A single infusion's effects might last up to two weeks. Some patients may be symptom-free for several months after a series of six treatments. We also provide booster infusions, which can be administered regularly or a few times per year as needed.
  • Should I be worried about the possibility of addiction with ketamine therapy?
    No, ketamine has been shown to be safe in people. For many years, it has been utilised as a surgical anaesthetic in children and in trauma care. Ketamine has been misused recreationally at considerably greater dosages as a club drug, however there is no indication that it is addictive. Moreover, Ketamine will be provided in subanesthetic dosages under medical monitoring.
  • Will I be considered an outpatient?
    Yes, ketamine infusions are an outpatient treatment that does not need a hospital stay
  • Will I be forced to discontinue my mental medications?
    No, you do not need to discontinue any of your existing prescriptions.
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