Special K Syringe
Kai'enne, 27, holds a syringe of ketamine. Kai'enne injects the drug, instead of snorting it, and believes her trip to be a spiritual journey. In recent years, medical researchers actually have discovered that ketamine might have legitimate value as a fast-acting emergency treatment for severely depressed patients, particularly ones who are suicidal. In contrast to conventional antidepressants, which generally take weeks to work if they work at all, researchers have found that ketamine can lessen a patient’s depression in hours. A 2010 study by Yale University researchers revealed that the drug may actually restore connections between brain cells damaged by chronic stress. But so far clinical use has been limited, because it must be administered intravenously under medical supervision, and can cause short-term psychotic symptoms in some patients.