Due to the short half life and minimal side effects Ketamine gained favor over other common anesthetics, and continues to be widely used today.
Numerous studies, as well as direct experience from patients, attest to ketamine’s extraordinary ability to relieve otherwise treatment-resistant depression. Likewise, ample evidence shows that ketamine therapy acts as a powerful treatment for PTSD and many other often insurmountable mental health conditions.
Researchers believe a partial explanation of ketamine’s impact on depression relates to the fact that following the first dose, long, dormant synaptic connections in the brain begin to regrow. Another mechanism being studied has to do with the way ketamine recharges glutamate receptors, an important part of the functioning of those nerve cells which regulate mood.