«The psychedelic experience is key to the therapeutic mechanism of action of ketamine»

Julia Javkin is a psychiatrist expert in addictions and a pioneer in psychedelic therapy in Spain. The Clinical Coordinator of Fundación Beckley Med has been treating patients with depression for a year with the only psychedelic drug legally approved in Spain: ketamine. The results are “surprising”, in her words, as are the testimonies of the people treated: «Ketamine has given me back the will to live», «I managed to get out of the black hole I was in». We talked to Julia about depression, ketamine and supportive psychotherapy in treatments with psychedelic substances. What...

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‘How to Change Your Mind’, the Netflix series that’s set to boost the Psychedelic Renaissance

Last week, Netflix began airing ‘How to Change Your Mind’, the four-episode miniseries about psychedelics based on the book of the same name by Michael Pollan and presented by and starring the writer himself, who over the last five years has become a true champion of the so-called Psychedelic Renaissance. Pollan was already an acclaimed and best-selling author thanks to his books on food and, more generally, on the relationship between human beings and the plant kingdom. As he recounts in ‘How to change your mind’, Pollan had never tried a psychedelic drug until the...

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“Ketamine treatment has given me back the will to live”

Three and a half years of depression, a suicide attempt and a long wandering through psychologists, psychiatrists, hospitals and all kinds of psychotropic drugs. This is the – inevitably incomplete – summary of the long and painful process of Mireia, a 47-year-old woman, until she reached the ketamine treatment that has finally “allowed her to see the light at the end of the tunnel”. Mireia already had a history of depression, an episode at the age of 18, but she was on the verge of succumbing to a depression that began four years ago, as a result of abuse from her...

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“Ayahuasca allowed me to ‘reconnect’ with my mother and understand the reasons that led her to commit suicide”

Ayahuasca is a “non-specific adaptogenic tool”, so its forms of action are versatile and virtually infinite. One of them has to do with its ability to “resolve unfinished business”, for example, when a sudden death occurs and many things remain unsaid between the deceased and his or her relatives. This is the case of a 29-year-old woman suffering from complicated grief who managed to reduce her grief symptoms thanks to ayahuasca and the integration of the experience with the ‘restorative retelling’ technique, developed by the psychologist Robert A. Neimeyer...

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