Researchers at University of New South Wales in Australia are hoping to recruit around 40 volunteers as they look to test the effects of commonly used anesthetic, Ketamine in treating depression.
The researchers said that the initial results of the ongoing trial have shown that Ketamine, also known as Special K, can alleviate symptoms of depression within hours after being administered.
The researchers added that the results were in line with a number of other studies that have shown similar instantaneous results.
"When people are depressed, cells in some parts of the brains ... become unhealthy and shrink. Ketamine reverses those kinds of changes. It's promoting the growth of new nerve projections and new synapses between nerve cells", lead researcher Colleen Loo said.