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Mindbloom Review: Ketamine Therapy Offered Without Leaving Home

Third Wave · April 21st, 2020

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Stay at home. Psychedelic therapy will come to you.

After the coronavirus pandemic locked down large swaths of the country and spread dread and boredom, the government stepped in and changed the rules around telemedicine and controlled substances. Today, the nation’s only prescribable psychedelic, ketamine, can be prescribed and administered via video conference.

Mindbloom, a telemedicine platform with an upscale ketamine center in Manhattan, is wasting no time rolling out at-home sessions for those who live in NY, NJ, FL, PA, NV and CA.

“Conditions for anxiety and depression have never been higher,” says Mindbloom medical director Dr. Casey Paleos. “Our team has worked tirelessly to keep psychedelic medicine accessible and affordable for the people who need it most.”

Mindbloom began pioneering at-home ketamine sessions in 2019. Video-led experiences are “a cornerstone of our clinical model,” a spokesperson says. Their psychiatric clinicians have facilitated hundreds of remote sessions, reporting “overwhelmingly positive client outcomes and zero adverse events.”

What has changed since the pandemic began is that it’s no longer necessary to do the initial screening in person, at the Mindbloom center. That’s thanks to a rule change late last month by the Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights. Anyone experiencing anxiety, depression, or other maladies can call Mindbloom and be interviewed via video chat. If approved, ketamine tablets are sent to the client’s house, enough for four sessions. (Fifty-eight percent of applicants haven’t qualified for treatment, Mindbloom reports.)

During the ketamine sessions, a client can settle down in a favorite spot: a couch near a bright window, a divan in a secluded office, a blanket on a patch of warm grass in the backyard — psychedelic treatments work best with a deep sense of comfort, trust, and ease.

Mindbloom clients are required to have an in-person peer monitor, like a friend or family member, as an added safety precaution. Ketamine tablets come on after about 10 to 15 minutes, and the peak experience will last about 30-45 minutes after that. You’re back to your normal self one to two hours later.

Clients will be guided and supported by clinicians, watching through video chat. Clients are also guided by the Mindbloom web app, which gives guidance through the psychedelic experience: from set and setting to music, both evocative and calming. Video-chat with a clinician is available to provide one-on-one integration therapy—all without risking exposure to the coronavirus by traveling to a center.

Listen to our podcast episode with Casey Paleos M.D talking about The ins and outs of telemedicine ketamine therapy or Click here to read the transcript

Mindbloom web app

Mindbloom operates in New York, Florida, and California and hopes to expand. Prescriptions for at-home ketamine sessions are available from other providers in other states.

Ketamine’s antidepressant effects are often instantaneous and sometimes peak in the days immediately after the sessions. Studies suggest the brain is exceptionally plastic in the two weeks following treatment, an optimal state to create new, healthier neural pathways and behaviors. Mindbloom will monitor your progress through the Mindbloom platform, and help tailor an ongoing, personalized treatment so that the relief and insight you find from a ketamine session is more likely to stick.

Ketamine has been used as an anesthetic in hospitals and ambulances since 1970, allowing safe, pain-free surgery without depressing breathing or blood pressure. But at lower doses, ketamine has sensations and thought patterns that are psychedelic and dissociative, creating a sense of disconnection from your ordinary reality. This altered state can enhance feelings of perspective, serenity, insight, connection with others and the world, and openness to new ideas. Like other psychedelics, ketamine has, in the last few decades, been proven to alleviate symptoms of a range of afflictions, including social anxiety, bipolar depression, PTSD, OCD or alcohol and drug dependencies, and more. And psychiatric clinicians are increasingly turning to ketamine as a powerful tool for mental health.

During the most tumultuous health crisis in a century, Mindbloom’s expanded approach to at-home ketamine therapy is solving a real problem for people struggling for clarity, calm, and happiness at a challenging time.

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  1. AvatarThomas R Jordan says

    I am currently receiving a monthly maintenance IV Ketamine infusions from a clinic in Ocala, Fl. I have been on maintenance for over a year suppressing the negative effects of Bi Polar Type 1. I am very happy with the results, as is my family and close friends. My wife or daughter usually serves as my attendant during the infusion

    I live in the Florida Panhandle which is about 4 hours drive to the clinic requiring either an overnight trip or a very long day. Where is your Florida facility located, and am I a candidate for at home treatment?

  2. AvatarPsychoactive Drugs says

    Hello! With the beginning of quarantine, many companies were able to switch to work at home and it is surprising that even ketamine therapy could become available via video link. Since many do not leave their homes for fear of getting sick and getting around the city becomes very difficult, this is convenient for both the doctor and the patient. It is a very useful idea to make it possible to receive treatment remotely. I know that many people use ketamine therapy to relieve PTSD and anxiety, and a pandemic could aggravate these ailments. Thank you for sharing this information, good luck!

  3. AvatarSonja N. Lancioni says

    I live in Northern Indiana in CST have been receiving in person IV ketamine treatments 40 min away in EST South Bend since August 2020 (as well as attended and 8 week daily TMS treatment regime) . The ketamine seems to be what has helped me the most and instantaneously with my latest depressive/anxiety situation. I had never heard of it and have been on antidepressants for 30 years, which began to not work for me post-menopause.
    I desperately need access to your type of Zoom Psychiatric subliminal Ketamine services in my time zone (CST) so that I can continue to live, teach at our local high school, & care for my family. Otherwise, I just can’t make it to the in person appointments while working. I’d practically have to quit my career.
    I’m so impressed with an organization like Mindbloom finally making progressive therapy available to those of us suffering with debilitating, chronic mental health.
    Please do you best to advocate and fund for services in the Chicagoland area and across the country! This Pandemic is causing catastrophic issues for people’s mental health well-being.

  4. AvatarMarisol Riddell says

    I guess getting rid of depression is for rich people only. Heartbreaking for those of us who have both depression and socio-economic barriers to care.

    • AvatarShante Little says

      Hey Marisol! One of my favorite things about the resurgence of psychedelic medicine is that there are options for everyone – regardless of class and income. Whether you forage or grow your own plant medicines (check out our mushroom growing guide!), find legal psychedelics + their alternatives (like LSA or kratom) at a head shop, attend a more costly retreat, sign up for a clinic or source a kit like the one from Mindbloom – there are tons of safe + affordable options out there. 🙂

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