Researchers at Yale have clinically demonstrated that ketamine can very rapidly reverse synaptic dysfunction tied to depression and stress. In other words, science just proved what zillions of kids in the K hole have known for decades: Ketamine is a very effective way to make yourself feel good.
Part of why Special K—the drug, not the cereal—has become so massively popular in the club scene is because of its ability to instantly improve the user's mood. Now, doctors in Texas are studying if that effect can help treat cases of severe depression.
Drugs play a huge role in our lives, but it's hard to find in-depth research on how people take them and what effect it has on their lives. Here's your chance to help change that.
Now we know why people have been dosing themselves with the animal tranquillizer ketamine for years. Scientists have learned that ketamine, known to the experimental among you as Special K, is a powerful, fast-acting antidepressant.
LSD and ketamine, two powerful hallucinogens, are also potential cures for depression, OCD, and anxiety. Two studies published this week, in Science and Nature, confirm that hallucinogenic drugs stimulate healthy brain activity, even promoting the growth of neurons.
At first blush, you want to chuck this in the "no-kidding-that's-why-it's-abused" department. But the horse tranquilizer and hallucinogenic pleasure drug ketamine may have found a clinical home next to Prozac. A serious study by people smarter than most of us suggests ketamine ("Special K" to friends and close…