Ketamine / Entheogens
Healing through Altered Consciousness
There is no ideal term to describe consciousness altering medicines, whether natural or synthetic. We are most comfortable with the terms Psychedelic and Entheogen, despite the potential for stigma or confusion over definitions. And we prefer the term Entheogen with the understanding that consciousness shifting medicines are used: with the intention of alleviating distressing emotional, mental, and physical symptoms; with guidance from trained professionals; and without a requirement of spiritual or religious context.
Ketamine is the only current, legal, psychedelic medicine or entheogen in the United States. The negative stigma of psychedelics comes from decades of recreational use, and misclassification of most psychedelics as having no medical benefit. The research clearly states otherwise, and new research supports the likelihood that other psychedelic medicines will be legal in the next 3-5 years (MDMA and then Psilocybin).
Ketamine is used regularly as an anesthetic for animals, children, and elderly, as it does not lower the heart rate and breathing rate, and it is short acting. It is used in most surgical settings requiring an anesthesiologist. At lower doses, Ketamine is highly effective for helping individuals with treatment resistant depression, at risk for self-harm/suicide, or a number of other symptoms and diagnoses. At higher doses it has dissociative qualities that do not appeal to every individual, but for those willing to take a higher dissociative, and psychedelic/entheogenic, dose the experience may lend itself to feeling more in touch, and accepting, of the mysteries of life, while improving outcomes for the same issues above.
While many medications and chemicals have the potential for recreational abuse, and potential for addiction, at Heartmind Medicine we screen for those with addiction challenges, and provide medication in a manner least likely to cause adverse events.
Looking to the Future
MDMA (3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine), is the next most likely psychedelic medicine to gain FDA approval in the United States. Currently, there are phase 3 clinical trials happening throughout North America for the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This disorder can be suffered by many, but especially our military personnel. MDMA has other potential therapeutic uses, such as in couple’s counseling.
Psilocybin is likely to follow MDMA with FDA approval, and is the active ingredient in magic mushrooms. Research is very promising for its therapeutic benefits for a number of mood-related and other conditions, with a long duration of effect even from a single therapeutic dose.
“As a high-achieving individual with a very active brain, and skeptical about the ability to find relief for chronic mood challenges, ketamine assisted psychotherapy (KAP) allowed me to glimpse a moment of peace and a quiet mind for the first time in my life. I am now hopeful that improved mood is possible. Peacefulness and contentment is possible.”
Ketamine Assisted Therapy
Intakes with Brent Jaster MD, are required to determine if you are a candidate for ketamine assisted therapy.
People who are eligible to receive ketamine will receive an intramuscular injection, or a sublingual (under the tongue / oral) dose in the clinic. In the future, Intravenous (IV) ketamine may be an option. All routes of dosing ketamine have specific effects and purposes.
Clients who receive ketamine will always have a trained professional present to process and integrate the experience which can be profound.
It is rare to experience a side effect or bad outcome from ketamine, and the likelihood is even less likely with the care taken at Heartmind Medicine to ensure a positive “set” and “setting”, and professional supervision of the experience.
Attention to Detail
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