During stressful and isolating times mental health issues tend to increase. In response, the DEA authorized the use of telemedicine in collaboration with legally controlled substances. This change in legislation allows for a prescribed psychedelic such as Ketamine to be used in virtual therapy sessions.
Telemedicine is the practice of providing care remotely. It allows a patient to have easy access to healthcare without leaving their home. Patients can use technology such as smartphones, tablets, and computers to connect with their therapist.
The virtual therapy process begins with an online consultation from a licensed provider. If a patient shows symptoms of qualifying mental health issues then a prescription such as Ketamine is prescribed. The perception can even be delivered straight to their mailbox.
Once the prescription arrives to the patient, the virtual sessions can begin. Each therapist as their own unique style, but they may include some audio and visuals to enhance the experience. A patient receives the same time and attention as if they were going to a physical location, but in a comfortable setting.
Virtual therapy appeals to patients that otherwise wouldn’t have received treatment due to medical issues. As technology use continues to increase, virtual psychedelic therapy is a great emerging alternative.