Low-dosage ketamine infusions can cause dissociative and psychogenic effects that may be both quick and long-lasting pain reduction. We recognize the significance of one’s mental attitude and physical setting. Here are some factors to consider in order to enhance your ketamine experience based on patient comments combined with our clinical expertise. It’s important to remember that each treatment session is different in itself.
Dress in clothing that won’t restrict your movement or cause discomfort. If you get cold rather quickly, you could try layering your clothing or bringing something, like a blanket, to keep you warm. If you tend to get hot indoors, wear more breathable materials and maybe conside going with short sleeves. Heaters, blankets, and fans are typically available for use. The more comfortable you are, the more cozy experience.
The Right Music
This one solely depends on your taste. If you have any music that is particularly comforting to you, please bring it. Usually, instrumental playlists, such as ambient electronic or synthesized sounds are best for a productive outcome. Try to avoid lyrics due to their influence on the session. Immersing yourself in sound that evokes a positive, open, and welcoming experience is the goal. Avoid music that provokes negative emotions, often leading to negative thoughts.
Helpful Tip: Curate a playlist for the treatment duration.
Food and Drink
Please eat before the session as having an empty stomach can increase anxiety. Drink plenty of fluids, especially water, as ketamine can cause dehydration. It’s best to avoid alcohol and caffeine as they can interfere with the ketamine’s effects. Try avoiding eating during the session due to choking hazards, etc.
Some people like the openness of a dark room with mild illumination, while others enjoy being covered up when under the influence of ketamine. We prefer eye masks that cover the eyes gently. Clean eye masks are usually made available for rent inside the clinic. A Himalayan salt lamp and remote-controlled ambient floor lighting are available in the infusion chamber.
To reflect on your experience, take advantage of the post-infusion decompression. It does not have to be flawless; simply write down what comes to mind. You will get more out of the session. This serves as a great tool to remember each session in themselves due to their individuality.
A Ride Home
Although you are back to normal after the recovery period, ketamine still has some residual effects on balance, cognition, and reflexes. Motor vehicle operation is restricted for the remainder of the day. Make sure you have a ride home ready. Taxis and Ubers are an option, although we recommend having a friend or family member pick you up.
Keeping an explorative mindset will allow you to benefit the most from your session. Once you are in the infusion chamber, our medical staff will help guide you through different techniques that can be useful in deepening or terminating the experience. Approaching ketamine with openness and a childlike sense of wonder can grant access to powerful insights. Ketamine is not a passive experience; it requires your engagement for it to be therapeutic. At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that you are in control of your session.
What NOT to Bring
Avoid bringing anything that may potentially cause anxiety or distress. This includes but is not limited to:
-Weapons of any kind
-Anything associated with past traumas
-Stimulants such as caffeine or alcohol
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to a trained professional. They can help you through every step of the way. Wishing you the best of luck in your ketamine experience!