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Ketamine Journey Guide

Day prior to the experience:

  • Set an intention. Reflect on what it is that you are seeking from ketamine                                                                                treatment. Try your best not to focus on an outcome, but rather some                                                                                      knowledge that you hope to gain by turning inward toward your subconscious                                                                                  self-association.


  • Healthy diet & water intake. Eat foods that you know to “agree” with your                                                                           constitution and hydrate.


  • Develop a plan for transportation to and from the clinic.  Absolutely no driving                                                                                     or operating any vehicle post a ketamine treatment. 


  • Abstain from alcohol, marijuana, and other intoxicants, including prescribed benzodiazepine medications, on the day prior to your journey, if you are able. 


  • If taking benzodiazepine medications, these can compete directly with the synaptogenic properties of ketamine. While these medications do not cause concern for safety in combination with ketamine, we strongly encourage you to take a 24-hour holiday from them prior to ketamine dosing. Benzodiazepine medications include:

    • Diazepam (Valium)


    • Clonazepam (Klonopin)

    • Lorazepam (Ativan)

    • Alprazolam (Xanax)

  If you have questions or concerns about medication recommendations, please send them to

Day of the experience:

  • Food and water restriction.  If this is your first experience with ketamine, please abstain from solid foods for three hours and liquids for one hour prior to your appointment time.


       If it is your second treatment or later, and you did not have a nauseous       

       reaction to your previous treatments, you may eat lightly up to three hours 

       prior and drink up to 90 minutes prior to appointment start time. 


  • Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing to the clinic. If you will be getting treatment via intramuscular (IM) injection, please wear clothing that will make it simple to expose a shoulder for medication administration.


  • We encourage you to bring an item of meaning with you to the session to assist in setting the energy of your journey. It can be something that you place near to you or something to hold. Additionally, we welcome you to bring a blanket or pillow that you find especially comfortable with you on the day of treatment.

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