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Doctors are testing Special K as a depression remedy. No, not the cereal.

Ketamine, also known as Special K, is popular among some club goers because of its mood elevating properties and now scientists have taken note, and have been testing the drug as an instant depression remedy.

Conventional anti-depressants like Prozac are effective but take weeks, if not months, to stabilize a patient’s brain chemistry. They work by boosting serotonin levels and developing new neurons. Problem is, patients who are depressed to the point of suicide generally don’t have that sort of time for the drugs to kick in.

Ketamine, on the other hand, was developed originally as an anesthetic but found widespread popularity on the black market for its mood enhancing ability. According to Sanjay Mathew, head of the study, Ketamine works on “a completely different mechanism” than other anti-depressants by increasing the amount of connections between existing neurons—much faster than growing entirely new ones.

For the double-blind experiment, patients are given either a sedative or Ketamine. The results of the study won’t be known for a few more months until it concludes but some patients are already reporting obvious and clear changes to their mood. Heather Merrill, one patient, describes her mood, “No more fogginess. No more heaviness. I feel like I’m a clean slate right now. I want to go home and see friends or, you know, go to the grocery store and cook the family dinner.”


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    Enter the obligatory QaF “Special K” gif… that I can’t seem to find right now…shit!!
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