Ketamine directly affects a neurotransmitter called glutamate, a biochemical that’s closely associated with your overall mental health. Several psychological disorders may develop when glutamate levels are out of balance.
As ketamine restores the proper balance, symptoms of conditions such as depression improve. In addition to restoring glutamate, ketamine may also help repair stress-induced nerve damage.
Ketamine has a very rapid onset of action. Each patient responds differently, but some patients with depression feel their mood lift within hours and about 60% of those treated with ketamine experience a significant improvement in their depression within 24 hours.
Ketamine has been shown to stimulate neuron growth in the brain in as quickly as one hour. Many scientists studying Ketamine are focusing on the neurotransmitter glutamate, which plays an important role in neural activation.
Ketamine can be used to treat anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, migraine headaches, complex regional pain syndrome, and fibromyalgia and chronic pain.