Nov. 28, 2021 – Carnahan is the director at a Westlake clinic opened last month by Field Trip Health, a Nasdaq-listed company selling medically supervised “psychedelic journeys.” She calls ketamine therapy a “new frontier” for understanding mental illnesses.

In the past three years, at least a dozen such facilities have popped up around the Puget Sound region. 

“When we started seeing patients a little more than a year ago, I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of volumes,” said Liana Ren, a nurse anesthetist who runs Lighthouse Infusions, a ketamine clinic in Kenmore. “The last couple of months … our schedule has been full.”

Ketamine, typically used as an anesthetic during medical procedures, is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treating mental illness. Frequent use can lead to addiction. Research suggests long-term side effects of repeated ketamine doses are uncertain.


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