Ketamine is a drug used for starting and maintaining anaesthesia. It is known to induce a trance-like state while simultaneously reducing pain, especially chronic pain. It acts rapidly, its chemicals taking effect within minutes. However, it also wears off as quickly as it takes effect. Typically anaesthetics affect your respiratory system causing your respiration to slow down. Ketamine, on the other hand, stimulates your breathing. It is therefore used as a bronchodilator in the treatment of asthma. Ketamine has also become part of urban legend as a recreational drug. It is known to create hallucinogenic effects in users, the reason for its popularity.
Researchers in New Zealand have found that Ketamine, can reduce the symptoms of anxiety disorders that are resistant to commonly available medication. The drug apparently works by blocking NMDA glutamate receptors in the brain. NMDA receptors allow electrical signals to pass between neurons in the brain and spine. By blocking this passage of electric signals the drug switches-off, in some sense the feelings of the person. The ability to treat anxiety and its ability to treat depression is rapidly propelling Ketamine into mainstream usage as a drug. However, it is not currently approved as a prescription drug, and many doctors are resorting to prescribing it as an off-label drug. Since it is yet to undergo clinical research or trial, the exact reason why it is effective is still unknown.
Several people, especially those who have anxiety that is acting up or even leading them toward suicidal thoughts can benefit from this drug as it is rapidly acting. Some patients experienced side effects such as feeling out of control or nausea. However, a majority of people responded positively.
Drugs are never to be used lightly and without medical supervision. Personally, I think poorly of people who take drugs for recreational purposes. However, if someone has a genuine medical condition, under medical supervision, you might want to look at Ketamine.
Ketamine is a highly addictive and habit forming drug. It has been known to have been used to exploit innocent victims in parties. Please consider using it only under medical supervision.