Laughing Gas as an Antidepressant?


The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne is searching for volunteers to explore “the benefits of laughing gas (nitrous oxide) as a treatment for depression.”

According to Associate Professor Paul Miles, “Participants will inhale nitrous for a full hour at a time, once a week for a total of four weeks. A patient can effectively come in and sit in a chair and relax and listen to nice music and breathe in the gas and they’ll start to feel, perhaps, slightly woozy and a bit better in their mood almost immediately.”

He adds, “For people with severe depression, medication can take up to four weeks to work so this could be a great solution to bridge that gap and provide people with more immediate relief.”

Read more about the trial here.

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