Understanding the Different Forms of Ketamine

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Watch The EXCLUSIVE Panel Discussion For Members Of The Psychedelic Medicine Association:

Understanding the Different Forms of Ketamine

Panel Moderator:

Lynn Marie Morski, MD, JD

President - Psychedelic Medicine Association


Eric Sienknecht, PsyD

Co-founder, Clinical Psychologist, and Lead Trainer at Polaris Insight Center

Dr. Sienknecht is a Licensed Psychologist in private practice in San Francisco specializing in treating chronic pain, mood disorders, and trauma with a focus on mindfulness, trauma-informed, psychoanalytic and transpersonal therapeutic approaches. He has undergone training in KAP through the Ketamine Training Center and in MDMA-AT through the MAPS MDMA Therapy Training Program and is currently a Sub-Investigator, Study Therapist, and Supervisor in the MAPS MDMA-AT Clinical Trials for treatment-resistant PTSD. He also is a lead trainer in the Polaris KAP Training program and an assistant trainer in the MAPS MDMA Therapy Training program. He presents at conferences regularly on topics on psychedelic psychotherapy such as set and setting, ethics, integration, working with expansive states of consciousness, and use of music in psychedelic sessions.

Ben Medrano, MD

Medical Director of Nue Life Medical Group

Dr. Medrano earned an MD from the University of Colorado School of Medicine's Urban Underserved Track in 2014, prior to completing his Psychiatric Residency at Mount Sinai Hospitals NYC in 2018. Years of service within community psychiatry, including the East Harlem Assertive Community Treatment team, kindled a desire for greater impact and meaning as a healer. This led to his current specialization in integrative psychiatry, psychedelic harm reduction, and ketamine assisted therapy.

As the former Senior Vice President and US Medical Director of Field Trip Health, he has extensive experience in the evolving field of integrative approaches. He has continued his efforts towards increasing access to ketamine therapies, as the current Medical Director of Nue.Life Medical Group. He also continues to serve as Medical Director of Field Trip NYC and DC clinics while continuing his private practice.

His approach is influenced by in depth training in integrative psychiatry, psychedelic & ketamine assisted therapies, and over 20 years of intensive study and meditation within the Buddhist community. Dr. Medrano is a devoted contributor to the current paradigm shift in mental health and is passionate about the role of consciousness in healing.

Sara Herman, MD

Founder & Medical Director at Soft Reboot Wellness

Dr. Sara brings deep expertise in integrative ketamine therapy practices. She studied and trained in cardiothoracic anesthesia at Harvard Medical School and Columbia University. Her personal experience with mental health inspired her shift in focus from operating room medicine to psychedelic healing. Sara has additional training in psychedelic-assisted therapy and integrative healing from the California Institute of Integral Studies, MAPS, The Ketamine Training Center, The Integrative Psychiatry Institute, and The Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine. She has set an intention to practice psychedelic medicine with ethics, integrity, and a commitment to her patients’ holistic wellness.

Although we push ever closer to FDA approval for MDMA and psilocybin, ketamine remains the one legal psychedelic medicine. For that reason, we want to help you get even more familiar with the many different ways this medicine is being administered to patients.

You may have heard of Spravato, the FDA-approved version of ketamine called esketamine, which is a nasal spray. And you’ve likely heard of intravenous ketamine clinics as well. But there are still more forms out there, like intramuscular and oral and even rectal ketamine. 

These different forms come with differing bioavailabilities and indications and are not necessarily interchangeable, so it’s important to know the ins and outs of each type so that you can refer patients to the proper type of ketamine practitioner.

To help educate us on all of the above, we’ve gathered experts well-versed in administering different forms of ketamine to help us all get up to speed.

We were honored to have panelists on this month’s webinar to cover:

  • What the different forms of ketamine are and how bioavailability differs among them
  • Indications and contraindications for each type of ketamine
  • How to decide what form of ketamine may best serve a particular patient
  • How administration and treatment differs between the different forms of ketamine
  • Which forms of ketamine work best with therapy during versus therapy after

…and much more!

As always, there was ample time for audience Q & A, so be sure to watch till the end!

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