Self-Improvement

I Tried Ketamine Therapy

Is it the silver bullet for anxiety and depression that it claims to be?

Brad
5 min readDec 14, 2022

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If you’re suffering from depression or anxiety, ads in social media for ketamine therapy from Joyous or Mindbloom have most likely slithered into your social media feeds recently thanks to the all-knowing algorithm.

Being a cutting-edge therapy that just became legal, I felt I owed it to myself and my readers to play guinea pig and report back. I have been ping-ponging between depression and anxiety since the pandemic, but this is the first attractive option I’ve seen in some time.

Obligatory Disclaimer Stuff: I am not a doctor and don't play one on the internet, this should not be considered medical advice. I am not sponsored or paid by any company, this is purely my unique experience to help guide the curious.

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What is it?

Ketamine is basically an animal tranquilizer, but when humans use it, there are analgesic, dissociative, and psychoactive properties. It was a party drug in the 90s, but after many scientific studies, it has been shown to provide remarkable benefits for those suffering from depression anxiety, PTSD, trauma, etc. when taken in low doses.

Most ketamine therapies operate like this: Initial consultations with a clinician over Zoom, medication via mail, and follow-ups carried out via text. In the general sense, there are no doctor offices, prescriptions, or insurance involved.

You typically receive a supply of “troches”, which are kind of like a waxy mint that one stuffs in their cheek. You start pretty light, see how it goes, and up the dosage with an “as-you-go” treatment plan. My troches were thirty 60mg troches, each scored to easily break up in 15mg quarters.

What does it do?

The easiest way to explain ketamine therapy is it rewires your brain. Those stuck in destructive thought patterns, addictive behaviors, or crippled by trauma or depression can suddenly feel relief or the weight lifted from…

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