Published by and available from: MAPS, Santa Cruz, CA. (www.maps.org)
A compendium of essays on this curious hybrid medicine – part dissociative anesthetic, part psychedelic – that is the only substance with potential psychedelic effects that is legally available to medical psychiatrists. It has found a use in the treatment of otherwise drug-resistant depression and PTSD.
Some of the visual hallucinatory and cognitive expansive effects are similar to those found with other psychedelics such as LSD, but with the striking difference that tactile and other sense perception is blunted, rather than heightened.
While the effects are time-limited, nevertheless it has offered some chronically depressed people the first glimpses of non-depressed states of being. This volume contains a comprehensive review essay on therapeutic applications of Ketamine by Eli Kolp, MD and colleagues; several essays on its role in current clinical practice; chapters on Salvador Roquet’s use of K by Stanley Krippner and Richard Yensen; personal experience accounts by psychologist and NDE-researchers Kenneth Ring, Ph.D. and by Stanislav Grof.
The book also includes a brief essay by myself on my meetings and observations with John Lilly, MD, the brilliant neuroscientist and dolphin researcher, who became addicted to ketamine for a number of years – demonstrating the seductive abuse potential of this fascinating substance.