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Regular Oral Doses of Ketamine Significantly Reduce Suicidal Thoughts

By Nick Lavars — 2021

The notion of using ketamine as an anti-depressant is gathering steam on the back of enlightening research that has shown us how it can suppress the brain’s “anti-reward” center, mend broken neural circuits and interact with serotonin receptors to boost the release of dopamine. A new study has shown how this might work in practice, with chronic suicidality sufferers offered rapid relief through regular oral administration of the drug in clinical settings.

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An Introduction to MDMA

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An Introduction to LSD

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