How Ketamine-Assisted Therapy Changed My Life

Prince Harry, Mike Tyson, and Elon Musk are among the celebrities who have openly discussed using ketamine to address mental health issues, signalling what some describe as a “psychedelic renaissance.” Research funding and efforts to legalise hallucinogenic drugs are accelerating as a new wave of studies explores their therapeutic potential for psychiatric conditions. Ketamine, once known primarily as a rave drug, is now being recognised as a promising mental health therapy, especially in the form of ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, which integrates the drug with talk therapy sessions. This treatment is now available in clinical settings and supported by impressive trial results demonstrating its effectiveness for depression, addiction, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

For individuals like Tristan Greene, this therapy provided a crucial intervention for his treatment-resistant depression.

New Scientist spoke with Greene and his former psychotherapist, Laurie Higbed, at Klearwell—the first UK clinic to offer ketamine-assisted therapy—about the use of ketamine for mental health treatment and the future of psychedelic therapies.

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