Ketamine: Clinical Significance & Recreational Harm Reduction w/ Ian Mitchell

Ian Mitchell in Shulgin's Lab promo attmind radioTodays’s guest on the podcast is emergency doctor and cannabis prescriber, Ian Mitchell. As an emergency doctor, he has worked a lot with Ketamine and I have him on the show to clear up some misunderstandings about ketamine and explore its clinical significance from its use as an anesthetic to its potential for treating depression.

Of course, Ketamine is more than a clinical drug and is widely used in “recreational” contexts and so our discussion tackles some much-needed Harm Reduction talk as there are some significant dangers to be mindful of when it come to this drug.

Somewhat spontaneously, this interview starts with a discussion about opiate dependence, overdose and policy change that may save a lot of lives.

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Article on Naxolone and opiate dependence in Alberta
Back From The Brink: Heroine’s Antidote {VIDEO]
Dealing with Ketamine Hallucinations in Clinical Patients [VIDEO]
Article on fighting depression with ketamine
Antidepressant mechanism of ketamine: perspective from preclinical studies {Research Paper}

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3 thoughts on “Ketamine: Clinical Significance & Recreational Harm Reduction w/ Ian Mitchell”

  1. Excellent presentation on a very complex chemical. As far as it’s use in psychiatry is concerned it is important to be aware that ketamine can be effective given through a variety of routes including oral, sublingual, intranasal, subcutaneous, intramuscular and intravenous. Also in terms of the risk of dependence and addiction this is a very unlikely consequence of clinical use even with daily dosing over many years as shown by the work of Varun Jaitly. Further information can be gleaned from the recently released book “Ketamine for Depression.”

    1. Hey Steve,
      Thanks for your input. Can you please reach out to me via the contact forum here on the website? I’d love to learn more about your book, it looks great.

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