Comparing Psychedelics for Therapy: Legality, Efficacy & Safety

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Psychedelic therapy for anxiety and depression is a hot topic these days. You may have heard about it on Michael Pollan’s recent Netflix series, How to Change Your Mind. The series devotes each episode to a different psychedelic medicine including LSD, psilocybin, MDMA and mescaline. These four drugs all have their own benefits and drawbacks, similarly to ketamine. Let’s take a look at each drug’s legal status, safety concerns and indicated uses.

Why Ketamine is a Psychedelic

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Ketamine can provide similar psychedelic effects to other drugs such as LSD, MDMA, psilocybin and mescaline and is used to treat some of the same mood disorders. What exactly is a psychedelic?

Myths About Ketamine

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Ketamine is a powerful drug that has been misunderstood by society for some time now. It was first synthesized in 1962, but its broader therapeutic potential is only now becoming more widely known. Let’s debunk some of the myths that have popped up about ketamine in the intervening years…

S-Ketamine vs. R-Ketamine

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In early 2019, an esketamine nasal spray was approved by the FDA for adults with treatment-resistant depression. Its FDA-approved uses were later expanded to include patients suffering from acute suicidal ideation. But what is esketamine, and how is it different from regular ketamine?