Special K – active ingredient ketamine – is an illegal club drug that was originally used as a medical anesthetic. But now scientists are reporting that it might be a useful ally in the fight against depression:
Researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health announced a study recently in which 18 chronically depressed patients infused with low dosages of ketamine improved within two hours. Seventy-one percent improved within a day, and nearly 30 percent were depression-free by that time. In 24 hours! These were people who had been dealing with depression from three to 47 years. They had failed to respond to just about every drug on the market.
Most of them stayed depression-free for up to a week.
I sure wish the FDA and NIH were more open-minded about using illegal drugs for scientific research. These chemicals clearly give people pleasure, and it’s time to find out why. I’m not advocating ecstasy or special-K as an over the counter anti-depressant, but perhaps we can fine-tune these substances so that we get the ecstasy in tolerable doses (and without the awful hangover).