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SB 1012: A Breakdown of California's Regulated Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Act

Understand California Senate Bill 1012, known as the Regulated Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Act, which aims to establish a framework governing the therapeutic use of psychedelic substances such as MDMA, DMT, psilocybin, and mescaline.

Ketamine Therapy for Mental Health and Treatment of Depression Associated with Social Isolation

New research offers insights into the potential of ketamine therapy, specifically R-ketamine, for the treatment of mental health disorders associated with chronic social isolation, such as depression.

Ketamine Therapy for Depression Treatment: Key Scientific Studies Over the Past Two Decades (Updated 2024)

Findings from studies over the past twenty-four years have provided insights into the potential of ketamine therapy as an effective treatment for depression. Join us as we review key findings from must-know research that have helped pave the way for mental health treatment.

Ketamine Therapy Beyond Depression: A 2024 Review and Clinical Insights

Ketamine therapy is utilized for the treatment of depression; however, it is also commonly used off-label for other various indications. In this post, we delve into the latest research examining the use of ketamine for anxiety, substance abuse (including alcohol, cocaine, and opioids), OCD, PTSD, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, and bipolar disorders.

Exploring Ketamine Therapy as a Novel Approach to Couples Therapy

Discover the transformative potential of ketamine therapy for couples as we explore its benefits in fostering emotional connection, accelerating healing, improving conflict resolution, and enhancing long-term relationship satisfaction.

The Future of Ketamine Therapy: Innovations and Speculations

Explore the evolving landscape of ketamine therapy with a synopsis of 'The Ketamine Story,' including the past, present, and future of this exciting field of medicine. Be sure to watch the full recorded video where I, Dr. Rivas, present alongside two other ketamine experts in the country, providing our firsthand experiences as ketamine therapy providers.

Join us for a FREE Educational Event at Innerbloom featuring Nutritionist Jobie Brigham

Join us on March 11th from 5:30 to 6:30 PM at Innerbloom for a free educational seminar about healthy living with nutritionist Jobie Brigham.

Ketamine Therapy as an Innovative Treatment for Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, and More

Ketamine therapy serves as a safe and effective treatment option for chronic pain-related disorders and syndromes, including fibromyalgia, migraines, CRPS, and more. Learn about the applications and mechanisms behind pain treatment with ketamine therapy.

Hurdles of Ketamine Therapy: Off-Label, Non-FDA Approved, and High-Cost. The Journey from Breakthrough to Accessibility

Understand the reasons for the delayed regulatory acceptance of ketamine, despite numerous high-quality research studies proving its safety and efficacy for the treatment of depression. Join me in a discussion about its off-label status, FDA approval, cost, and accessibility.

6 Reasons Why Ketamine Therapy May Not Be Working For You

Ketamine therapy can be a powerful tool for healing, but it may not guarantee success for everyone. Explore six reasons why ketamine therapy may not work for you.

Ketamine: Navigating Risks, Mitigating Misuse, and Confronting Potential Addiction

It's essential to be well-informed about the potential risks of ketamine. Ketamine therapy, when performed properly with administration by a trained and licensed professional, ensures effective and safe use. Understand that misuse and abuse of ketamine may be associated with addiction.

Controlled Ascent: How Therapy Can Help You Avoid the Therapeutic Bends From Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy

In 2018, Jessica Katzman PsyD wrote about a phenomenon which has become known as the therapeutic bends. In this post, I describe this concept which can be counterintuitive to most. I also suggest ways to manage the oftentimes rapid benefits of ketamine-assisted psychotherapy or KAP.

Reopening Critical Periods with Ketamine – Part 2 of 2

Last week, I introduced my key takeaways from a virtual Q&A last month with Gül Dölen MD PhD. Dr Dölen summarized findings from her research on critical learning periods and the implications for psychedelic-assisted therapy including ketamine therapy. In this post, I will summarize Dr Dölen’s latest research from 2023 and describe what it means for ketamine therapy.

A Preventive Approach to Mental Health with Psychedelics and Ketamine Therapy

Studies indicate that a single dose of ketamine could prevent the onset of stress-induced conditions, such as depression, PTSD, and anxiety disorders. Explore how ketamine may play a crucial role in addressing mental health, reshaping the way we approach medicine with a more preventative mindset.

Reopening Critical Periods with Ketamine – Part 1 of 2

I strongly believe that ketamine therapy is more effective when combined with psychotherapy. But why? In this two-part post, I will highlight key points related to this from a virtual Q&A last month with Gül Dölen MD PhD who joined Jayne Gumpel LCSW and Carl Spitzer MD of Big Tent Ketamine or BTK.

The Gut-Brain Connection: Investigating A Mechanism for Ketamine's Anti-inflammatory and Antidepressant Effects

Explore the connection between the gut and the brain in relation to mental health. Known for its anti-inflammatory effects, ketamine offers hope to individuals struggling with depression and other disorders linked to inflammation.

A Primer on the Evolution of Ketamine Therapy: Past, Present, and Future – Part 2 of 2

The second of two posts on my perspective on the evolution of ketamine therapy. In this post, I offer five more observations about the current state of the specialty. Like Part 1, I also offer five more predictions about what might happen next to shape the practice.

A Primer on the Evolution of Ketamine Therapy: Past, Present, and Future – Part 1 of 2

Explore the dynamic landscape of Ketamine Therapy in the first part of a two-post series. A summary of key 2023 developments shaping ketamine therapy—from its origins to mainstream adoption. Discover future predictions and the pivotal role of industry associations in this evolving field

Why Racemic IV Ketamine May Be Superior to Nasal Esketamine: Understanding the Importance of Both R and S Enantiomers

IV ketamine appears be superior to nasal ketamine (i.e., Spravato). Understand the importance of both R and S molecules (enantiomers), including R-ketamine's promise for preventing suicidal thoughts.

Exploring the Frontiers of Ketamine Therapy: Insights from the 2023 ASKP3 Conference in Austin

Discover the latest in ketamine therapy at the 2023 ASKP3 Conference in Austin, Texas. Insurance challenges, innovative approaches, and more. Learn from experts and key takeaways from this transformative conference.

Ketamine: Catalyst for Change in Mental Health Care - Insights from ASPK3 Conference and Real-World Applications

Discover the profound impact of ketamine on mental health. New Insights from the 2023 ASPK3 conference and real-world applications. A paradigm shift in care awaits!

Rapid and Sustained Relief of Anxiety: Treatment with Ketamine

Discover ketamine's efficacy in the treatment of anxiety across various disorders. Explore new research unveiling its potential for rapid and enduring effects.

How to Select the Best Ketamine Clinic and Recognize Potential Red Flags

Learn how to select the best ketamine clinic for your healing journey. Consider key factors to make an informed decision while identifying and avoiding red flags.

Ketamine’s Role for Discontinuing Long-Term Benzodiazepine Use for Treatment-Resistant Depression

Explore a recent study utilizing low-dose ketamine to discontinue long-term benzodiazepine use in treatment-resistant depression, offering hope for improved mental health and reduced dependence

Ketamine as a Promising Treatment for Alleviating Anhedonia in Depression

Discover the promising potential of ketamine in addressing anhedonia, a symptom of depression marked by a reduced ability to experience pleasure.

Ketamine for Depression: Breaking Barriers and Exploring Possibilities

Unlocking ketamine therapy's power: rapid relief for depression and a bridge to recovery. Explore its potential in treating depression

A Scientific Look at Dissociation & Out-of-Body Experiences with Ketamine Therapy

Dissociation & out-of-body experiences with ketamine therapy: A mind-opening connection. Uncover the intricacies of this unique approach for mental health.

Unlocking the Mystery of Ketamine's Long-Lasting Antidepressant Effects

Explore the groundbreaking study unraveling the science behind ketamine's prolonged antidepressant effects and its potential to transform depression treatment.

A Quick Update on My Evolving Perspective on Telehealth Ketamine Therapy

Explore the evolving landscape of telehealth ketamine therapy. Balancing access and safety in psychedelic treatment is essential.

Continued: Our Top 4 Supplements To Support Mental Health and Complement Ketamine Therapy – Functional Mushrooms

An exciting area of research that has gained significant attention in recent years is the utilization of functional mushrooms to promote health improvements.

Starting the Journey to Becoming Certified in Psychedelic Assisted Therapy vs MDMA Practitioner

The world of psychedelic-assisted therapy is a fascinating and transformative. I am excited to continue journeying deeper into this field which includes MDMA.

MDMA-Assisted Therapy Passes Another Big Milestone

At Innerbloom, we are carefully watching developments in MDMA-assisted therapy, but for now we are focused on providing the best ketamine therapy experience.

Ketamine for the Treatment of Intrusive Negative Thoughts and Suicide

Ketamine provides an effective and extremely rapid (within minutes to hours) method for halting intrusive negative thoughts related to self-harm and suicide.

The Ketamine Experience: What Does Ketamine Feel Like?

It is normal and expected to have some apprehension when starting something new and life changing. Some of the most common things people report during a ketamine experience is the pleasant sensation of being in water, floating, or soaring in the air.

Reopening Critical Periods: The Mechanism Behind Ketamine’s Healing Potential

NEW RESEARCH: Discover the mechanism by which ketamine may unlock critical periods in the brain, offering a unique opportunity for healing, learning, and transformation.

Dr. Justin Chernow: The Newest Member of the Innerbloom Team

We are thrilled to introduce the newest member of the Innerbloom Team, Dr. Justin Chernow. Justin will be lending his expertise to support patients throughout the integration and aftercare phases of their treatment at Innerbloom.

Q&A Session with Dr. John Krystal: The Latest Insights on Ketamine Therapy for Mental Health

Dive into the latest insights on ketamine therapy, its applications, and best practices with expert Dr. John Krystal, and stay updated on groundbreaking research and patient experiences.

Our Top 4 Supplements to Support Mental Health and Complement Ketamine Therapy

Discover our top four supplements that complement ketamine therapy, potentially enhancing cognition, mood, pain, and sleep.

California Senate Passes Bill Decriminalizing Psychedelics: A New Era for Mental Health Treatment

Explore the groundbreaking California Senate Bill 58, decriminalizing psychedelics and revolutionizing mental health treatment. Learn about the potential benefits, risks, and the path to personal freedom and safer regulation.

Stress Management Techniques for Longevity and Better Health

Discover the powerful secrets to a longer, healthier life through expert stress management techniques. Explore practical practices to reduce stress, boost well-being, and enhance your longevity.

Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy: A Beacon of Hope for Workers Battling COVID-19-Related Burnout, PTSD, and More

Ketamine-Assisted Therapy for workers with COVID-19-related burnout and PTSD. Discover how this innovative approach, rooted in a holistic community model, offers hope and healing not only to frontline professionals but also to a broader audience struggling with the mental health aftermath of the pandemic.

How Long Do the Effects of Ketamine Last? Extending The Duration Through Adaptive Behaviors (Part 2)

Extending the effects of ketamine through adaptive behaviors. Learn how active engagement and specific actions post-therapy can sustain long-term well-being and lasting relief.

Advice From a Patient of Ours Who Found Relief After 35 Years of Debilitating Nightmares

We recently invited news reporter Jacob Dizon into Innerbloom Ketamine Therapy to report on how we use IV ketamine to treat mental health in downtown SLO.

Can Ketamine Infusion Therapy Help Treat Postpartum Depression?

Postpartum depression is common and can be debilitating to mothers, infants, and families. We recommend initial means of therapy be non-pharmacologic, although when symptoms are severe or medical therapy become necessary, ketamine infusion therapy may be the safest and best option for postpartum depression.

A Comprehensive Guide for Your Experience at Innerbloom Ketamine Therapy

Discover a comprehensive guide to your ketamine therapy experience at Innerbloom. Prepare yourself with essential information for a life-changing journey towards mental wellness.

Profound Insights from the Ocean and Surfing as They Relate to Ketamine Therapy

Discover the intriguing connection between surfing, the ocean's therapeutic teachings, and psychedelic and ketamine therapy. Explore how specific phenomena in surfing provide valuable insights that can be applied to individuals preparing for or undergoing ketamine therapy.

Healing Beyond Borders: An Unforgettable Mission with the Flying Samaritans

Dr. Rivas shares his experience once again with the Flying Samaritans, a dedicated group providing vital healthcare services to underserved communities in Mexico. Despite challenges and limited resources, the team worked tirelessly to perform twenty surgeries. The team encountered setbacks but overcame them with local assistance and other volunteers.

Key Takeaways from the Psychedelic Science 2023 Conference in Denver

Last week over 13,000 people converged in Denver for the fourth Psychedelic Science conference hosted by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies or MAPS. Since our mission at Innerbloom Ketamine Therapy is to help people in our community live healthier, more fulfilling lives, we felt it was our duty to attend this milestone gathering in Denver. Our goal was to learn as much as we could and return with the latest insights to improve our patient outcomes.

Preview of the 2023 Psychedelic Science Conference

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is hosting the fourth annual Psychedelic Science Conference next week (June 17-25) in Denver, Colorado. We are excited to attend and gather knowledge as it relates to ketamine therapy and other modalities, and explore new tools and practices to bring back to Innerbloom Ketamine Therapy in San Luis Obispo, CA.

My Response to the 'Trial of Ketamine Masked by Surgical Anesthesia in Depressed Patients'

Only with careful review of the research behind the sensational headlines and misleading articles will we be able to truly advance the science of treating the challenging symptoms of depression.

How My Experience in the Operating Room Can Help My Innerbloom Ketamine Patients

Powerful lessons from my days in the operating room that apply to anyone considering or undergoing ketamine therapy or ketamine assisted psychotherapy (KAP).

7 Essential Tips for Successful IV Insertion

Here I include my tips that I have acquired for placing difficult IV's. This can be helpful if you are a medical provider who's looking for new methods to incorporate as part of your practice.

To My LMFT Colleagues: Why Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy or KAP Deserves a Second (Or First) Look

Ketamine is not a cure-all. It may, however, help some people get unstuck or accelerate their healing journey. And yes, like most of pharmacology, there are some risks associated with ketamine. Read to learn why now may be the time to look into Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy or KAP for your patients.

Ketamine For The Treatment of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is common, affecting 2-3% of people worldwide and is associated with a high risk of suicidality. I have reviewed bipolar disease and have hopefully shown that ketamine therapy is a rapid, safe, and effective option for treatment.

3 Overly Optimistic Misconceptions About Ketamine and Ketamine Therapy

Three overly optimistic misconceptions about ketamine therapy. My hope is to reduce misunderstanding about this powerful medicine.

5 Common (Negative) Misconceptions About Ketamine

Let's discuss five common NEGATIVE misconceptions about ketamine therapy. #1 Ketamine is illegal, #2 Ketamine is not FDA approved and is used "off label", #3 Ketamine is a horse tranquilizer, #4 Ketamine is basically PCP, #5 Ketamine is a party drug and dangerous.

Ketamine For The Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a disabling disorder affecting approximately 2%-3% individuals worldwide with features that include recurrent, distressing intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Ketamine has been shown to significantly improve symptoms of OCD and should be considered as an option when first-line therapy fails.

Sound Bath and Somatic Healing Event May 10th

Join us for a special evening on May 10th at 6PM. Seshen is back for another sound bath and somatic healing event at IKT.

The Ketamine Paradigm Shift for Self Awareness and Positive Change

Ketamine can be used to help deepen the understanding we have with our own consciousness and how its affect on the brain promotes structural changes which creates the optimal time to support self discovery, getting unstuck, and creating a new path for the next version of yourself.

What Do You Notice After An Infusion?

Cindy Nelson, ketamine-assisted psychotherapist, has started a handout and list of some things patients notice after an infusion. She's excited to share some powerful insights that are gained after an Innerbloom experience.

The Dopamine Overdose: The Importance of Managing Your Screentime

There is a definite link between our smartphones and mental health. I talk about the importance of setting boundaries with our smartphones, methods I like using, and how doing so can improve our state of mind and overall wellbeing.

Innerbloom Ketamine Therapy Now Offers Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP)

Psychotherapy in conjunction with IV ketamine therapy, termed Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP), may increase your likelihood of achieving therapeutic benefits and long lasting positive changes.

Is There a Role for Adding Magnesium to IV Ketamine Infusions for the Treatment of Depression and Anxiety?

With a vast majority of people being deficient in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin D and magnesium, we offer the addition of magnesium sulfate to IV ketamine infusions for individuals who lack sufficient positive effects from ketamine alone.

3 Mindfulness Tips That Can Drastically Improve Your Mental Health

These powerful mental health tools can help to provide clarity, self awareness, and decreased stress. These strategies help to gain your personal power back, one decision at a time.

Nasal Ketamine (Esketamine) versus IV Ketamine for Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD)

IV ketamine is safer and more effective than nasal ketamine for the treatment of depression and treatment-resistant depression.

Ketamine as a Treatment Option for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

IV ketamine has repeatably proven to be a highly effective treatment option for various mental disorders and once again is showing promise for pain syndromes which include CRPS.

Ketamine: A New Medicine Which May Provide Migraine Symptom Relief

1 in 7 suffer from migraines which are the second leading cause of disability. While more research must be done, IV ketamine is a safe and effective treatment option.

Ketamine: A Promising Medicine for Alcoholism Treatment and Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)

IV ketamine is an effective option for treating alcoholism and Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). When administered as part of a treatment plan with psychotherapy, IV ketamine may be even more beneficial.

Innerbloom Ketamine Therapy: The Story of Dr. Rivas CEO

The path that led me to start Innerbloom Ketamine Therapy started with my surgical training and was shaped by personal loss.

Innerbloom Ketamine Therapy Expands Treatment Space in San Luis Obispo

The expansion will elevate the patient experience and allow SLO’s first and only IV ketamine infusion clinic to host community wellness events within its modern, tranquil setting.

How Ketamine Therapy May Be the Answer to Your Chronic Pain

IV ketamine treatment has been shown to be safe and effective for patients experiencing various types of chronic pain associated with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), migraines, fibromyalgia, as well as neuropathic pain.

The Power of Intention with Ketamine Therapy

Setting an intention paired with ketamine therapy can make all the difference, especially because ketamine works by creating new neural pathways in the brain.

What is Ketamine?

Ketamine is a widely used medication on the World Health Organization's essential drug list.

Giving Back to Baja

Dr. Rivas took some time off to do volunteer work and operate as a general surgeon with the Flying Samaritans in San Quintin, Baja Mexico.

5 Things to Do on the Day You Receive Ketamine Therapy

Discover 5 tips for optimizing your ketamine therapy days and enhancing your overall experience. Work, emails, & your phone can wait until tomorrow!

How Does Ketamine Work?

Ketamine is believed to allow for “rewiring” of broken connections in the brain, and it allows for receptors to better communicate and respond to chemicals known as neurotransmitters.

Ketamine Therapy for Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD): A Review of 2022 Awakn Phase II Trial

Findings showed 86% rate of abstinence in group of patients that received Ketamine + psychological therapy, in comparison to 38% rate of abstinence in group of patients that received industry standard treatments of AUD.

Be Very Cautious of At-Home Ketamine “Therapy”

We appreciate patients having more access to different forms of therapy, including ketamine, although at-home ketamine use has a potential dark side that needs to be discussed.

How Long Do the Positive Effects of Ketamine Therapy Last?

It has been shown that the positive effects of ketamine may last for up to a week after a single ketamine infusion. After a series of 6-8 infusions, some individuals are completely done with ketamine therapy, while others may find it beneficial to transition into a maintenance phase where they return for additional infusions on an as-needed basis.

An Overview of Ketamine as a Therapeutic Option for Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Pain, and More

Ketamine is a safe, fast-acting, and effective option for depression & other mental ailments. It is crucial to be well-informed about the medicine and process.

Preparation and Integration for Ketamine Therapy

The use of ketamine and other psychedelics for mental health therapy requires careful attention to preparation along with a well thought out plan after the experience.

Ketamine: Safety, Side Effects, Adverse Reactions, and Contraindications

Ketamine is an effective, rapid, and safe option for the treatment of mood and other mental disorders.

Ketamine for the Treatment of PTSD

Ketamine offers a new opportunity for the treatment of PTSD and has been repeatedly shown to be a highly valuable treatment option that can augment other trauma-focused psychotherapies.

What Is Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and Can Ketamine Therapy Help? Updated 2023

Ketamine is gaining interest as a novel, safe, and effective treatment option for patients with anxiety disorders. Studies have shown treatment response within 3 hours post-ketamine infusion and a reported response rate of 83%.

Ketamine for the Treatment of Fibromyalgia

Ketamine has been found to be an effective and safe treatment option for patients with fibromyalgia through various mechanisms.

What Is Ketamine Infusion Therapy?

Ketamine infusion therapy is a remarkable option for the treatment of various mental illnesses. It often works when all other medications and options have failed.

7 Questions to Find the Best Ketamine Clinic

The best ketamine clinics should be prepared to answer these 7 important questions.

Ketamine: Adolescent and Teen Depression

IV ketamine has been found to be safe and highly effective in the adolescence population.

Ketamine: Repeated Infusion Protocol, Tolerance, and Non-Responders

Research shows that repeated infusions are superior at reducing symptoms for treatment resistant depression.

The Stigma Surrounding Ketamine

The misuse of ketamine and its trend of recreational use in the club and rave scene has led to the development of a bad rap for this medicine. This has made things problematic for health care providers who clearly see the utility of this medicine for the treatment of depression, anxiety, PTSD, pain, and other mental illness.

Ketamine and Neuroplasticity

Brains have neuroplasticity or the ability to create new connections, reorganize neural pathways, and create new nerve cells. And ketamine has been shown to promote neuroplasticity.

Ketamine Therapy: Set and Setting

The environment "setting" and mindset "set" during administration of ketamine can have significant impact on the experience and efficacy.

Ketamine Makes Therapy More Effective and Has Anti-Inflammatory Effects

Ketamine appears to act synergistically with psychotherapy and enhances effects in patients with treatment resistant depression.

Ketamine Was Associated with More Days of Abstinence from Alcohol at 6-months

Ketamine is proving to be a helpful tool for various mental illnesses including alcoholism.

Is Ketamine Addictive? Ketamine Found to Provide Significant Benefits for Many Diagnoses

They found significant improvements for patients with many diagnoses.

Ketamine Rapidly Reduces Suicidal Thoughts

Suicide is a major health crisis and ranks the top 3 causes of mortality worldwide for individuals between the ages of 15 and 44.

The Innerbloom Ketamine Therapy Experience

Our IV infusions are administered in a comfortable chair with a soft blanket, eye shades, and noise canceling headphones with music curated for the ketamine experience.

How to Get Started

Our process begins with an initial free phone consultation with the doctor to determine if ketamine is right for you.

Why You Should Choose Us

Our top priority is to provide the most safe and pleasant experience for therapy and healing.