The drug ketamine is normally used as an anaesthetic by surgeons and vets and is often used as a party drug due to it’s psychedelic effects.
Now, ketamine is being used to treat people suffering from major depression and early testing is showing strong signs of success.
According to the Harvard Medical School, “If a person responds to ketamine, it can rapidly reduce suicidality (life-threatening thoughts and acts) and relieve other serious symptoms of depression. Ketamine also can be effective for treating depression combined with anxiety.”
Ketamine is being used when two or more drugs have failed to treat the subjects major depression.
“It’s not entirely clear how ketamine works,” the report continues. “Because it exerts an antidepressant effect through a new mechanism, ketamine may be able to help people successfully manage depression when other treatments have not worked.”