Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ketamine as antidepressant

The Washington Post has the story:
Experts are calling it the most significant advance in mental health in more than half a century. They point to studies showing ketamine not only produces a rapid and robust antidepressant effect; it also puts a quick end to suicidal thinking.
Newspaper journalists aren't typically the most reliable conduits for learning about drug efficacy. But the recent shift acknowledging at least the possibility that some recreational drugs might have real medical utility is welcome. Serious research into the effects of hard drugs is still overly-difficult due to regulatory constraints, and limits our understanding of these substances unnecessarily.

Related: Psychedelics and the terror of terminal cancer

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