The Lancet, a medical journal in the UK, found ketamine to be much less harmful than alcohol when evaluated against 16 factors related to the harm produced by the drug (e.g., drug-specific damage) and the harm to others (e.g., loss of relationships).
Furthermore, to ensure ketamine is safe for an individual to use in therapy, contraindications should always be accounted for prior to prescribing treatment. The best thing for someone who is interested in ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) to do is to be honest with clinicians who are helping to evaluate if KAP is appropriate. Below are a few examples of common contraindications that should be screened for:
KAP is physically and psychologically safe when performed in a safe, conducive atmosphere with the guidance of qualified and licensed practitioners.
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