Ketamine is a standard anesthetic that we administer at low dosages to successfully address treatment-resistant mood disorders and chronic pain. Ketamine is listed on the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines. It has actually been in use as an anesthetic since the 1960’s and has only recently been adopted as an equally effective alternative treatment for depression.
When used in the operating room, the dosage is much higher than when administered as an antidepressant, and as a result does not produce any dissociative effects.
However, when administered in low doses, it has shown to be effective at reducing negative thought patterns, calming anxious minds, and providing pain relief.