Psychedelic therapy has been researched since the early 1950s. There was a lull in research between 1970 – 2000, but a resurgence of research began looking into therapeutic uses of MDMA, ketamine, and psilocybin. These psychedelics are demonstrating positive results for treating mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
WORLDWIDE VIEWS AND USES
In the present day, preliminary findings show that using psychedelic therapy can positively alter cognitions and assist in stressors or mental mindsets. Other studies show that psychedelics such as ketamine can significantly decrease depression, so long the dosage is used in small quantities in a medical setting with specific protocols.
LEGAL USAGE IN THE USA
As of 2010, surveys show that there were roughly 32 million users of psychedelics such as LSD, MDMA, and ketamine in the average span of a lifetime. Ketamine has been utilized in the practice of medicine since the 1970s and is a Schedule III non-narcotic substance under the Controlled Substances Act in 1999. In 2019 the FDA approved a version of ketamine called Spravato for treatment-resistant depression.
HOW PSYCHEDELIC THERAPY AND PSYCHIATRY ARE COHESIVE
While research and development are still underway on understanding the mechanisms of substances like ketamine, studies show that psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy shows a lot of promise in helping people with mental health conditions. Clinical results have showcased that the usage of ketamine in a controlled setting has been safe and effective.
As a contributor to alleviating the global burden of mental health disorders, the field of psychiatry is beginning to turn toward psychedelic therapy.
EFFECTS AND BENEFITS
Ketamine can be a very useful tool for psychedelic therapy in a medical setting. Not only does this help create a safe space for patients to explore their psyche, but many report feeling a sense of lightness following treatments. Others report that after their first ketamine treatment they felt their energy levels increase and a general sensation of frequent positivity surrounding their moods, leaving them happy and refreshed.
If you or a loved one have questions regarding psychedelic therapy and the common benefits of treatments, contact us to find out more information. Schedule an evaluation today to find out if ketamine treatments are right for you.