If one thing is for sure, Covid-19 has had a significant impact on mental health and it cant be stated enough. Being indoors for nearly two years has taken a toll on our well being, of that there is no doubt. Nearly 40% of Canadians say their mental health has declined as a result. 30% of people with major depression don’t respond to current medications. Men in particular have had a difficult time dealing with their own mental health as it remains a taboo subject for many of us.
Psychedelic drugs like ketamine are very potent and effective medicines for one’s mental health.Ronan Levy, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Field Trip
So whether for cultural, familial, or inherent biases, seeing a therapist is often met with hesitation or outright dismissal. Another taboo subject is psychedelics and the growing role they play in todays society. Often associated as the drug of choice for those of us around in the 70s, new studies are starting to show how these one time recreational drugs are being used in controlled environments to treat people with mental health conditions.
Enter Field Trip Health, a first-of-its-kind treatment clinic with offices in Toronto, Fredericton and eventually Vancouver. This clinic specializes in offering clients controlled therapeutic sessions that pair ketamine with psychotherapy. The aim is to treat people suffering from PTSD and various forms of depression. In my discussion with Ronan Levy, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Field Trip, it was immediately clear that ketamine, when used in the right setting, is highly effective and produces a net positive outcome on clients. “Psychedelic drugs like ketamine are very potent and effective medicines for one’s mental health. They are legal and Health Canada approved”.
Naturally, you may wonder what the effects of using psychedelics would be, especially if you are a first time user. The experiences can range in intensity depending on your tolerance and experience which is why a trained practitioner is on hand. Doses are also typically on the smaller side so as to reduce the intensity. Potential clients can contact the clinic to book a consultation with a therapist to see if the treatment is suitable. Initial consultations come with a $100 deposit towards the $750 introductory treatment. All subsequent therapeutic sessions are $1000 each.