Usually, when people take the animal tranquilizer ketamine—also known simply as “k” or “special K”—it’s to dissociate from their own bodies and vanish down the “K-hole,” which can include dissociative feelings of euphoria and serious short-term memory loss (… or so we hear).
Used in veterinary hospitals and as a street drug, ketamine blocks a brain reception called NMDA, which plays a key role in creating memories. But because of these memory-erasing qualities, researchers at the University College London (UCL) have begun to look at therapeutic uses for the drug—beyond partying.
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