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