Author P.E. Moskowitz on March 11, 2021, in Brooklyn, New York. Photos by Yael Malka for Elemental

A Good Drug for a Bad World

Why ketamine is just right for these dissociative times

The doominess of the world makes it probably unsurprising that a drug with the potential to treat depression in a matter of minutes instead of months… has exploded in popularity over the past few years.

Recent studies have found that ketamine helps many people for whom traditional antidepressant treatments fail.

“All of a sudden, you don’t live on the timeline where everything is so shitty and everything that can possibly go wrong ever will go wrong.”

Moskowitz found ketamine to be a blessing in their ability to process and live with stress, trauma, and severe depression.

“If you think that all we need to do is tweak the serotonin receptors of a person who’s undergone some major psychological trauma, that just doesn’t make sense.”

The brain is already capable of going to great ends, expanding and warping, to comprehend the fucked-up world we live in. Ketamine just gives it a boost, presses fast-forward… What a nice thing.

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