A 2017 Vice documentary about how the popular club drug ketamine could be a viable cure for depression, pioneering doctors have been exploiting a loophole to administer low dose ketamine through a process known as “off-label” treatment, despite no current FDA oversight and a lack of research and data on the treatment and its possible risks. Every year millions of Americans struggle with major depression but around 30% see no improvement in their condition on anti-depressants.
The FDA have supported initial research findings that ketamine could be an effective treatment for depression, a decision which gives the green light for further research and testing, ketamine is already by the FDA for pain use and some people undertaking minor surgical procedures in American hospitals will be given a dose of the drug. Research has also been undertaken in the United Kingdom, doctors in Oxford have been trialing the drug for psychiatric disorders since 2011.
If you want to learn more about the use of ketamine for the treatment of depression and the findings of the most recent research then consider purchasing the 2015 book Ketamine for Depression, authored by Dr. Stephen J. Hyde and available in paperback, hardback, and kindle editions.