Ketamine is an anesthetic used to sedate both humans and pets, and it’s a favorite of partygoers seeking a psychedelic high. Now it’s also the subject of an enormous amount of interest as a fast-acting treatment for depression and other serious mental health conditions.
Despite all the buzz about ketamine’s therapeutic potential, people remain confused about how it works and how to find a doctor who prescribes it. We interviewed psychiatrists, other experts and patients to answer 10 common reader questions about ketamine. Here’s what they had to say.