FAQ’s

What is Ketamine?
Ketamine is a medication that has been in common use since the 1970’s. It’s most common uses include as an anesthetic and for pain relief. More recently it has found clinical success in psychiatry as a rapid acting antidepressant, for suicidal ideation, social anxiety and generalized anxiety disorder, OCD, PTSD, substance use disorders, and eating disorders.

What is Psilocybin?
Psilocybin is a naturally-occurring chemical found in certain types of fungi. Psilocybin mushrooms may also be referred to by it’s other more commonly known name, “magic mushrooms.” Indigenous cultures have used psilocybin mushrooms, among other plant medicine teachers, for thousands of years as part of sacred ceremony. Psilocybin mushrooms are considered a classic psychedelic. Other examples of classic psychedelics include mescaline, LSD, and DMT. Interestingly, psilocybin has a better safety profile than aspirin. The effects of psilocybin can last anywhere from 4-8 hours following ingestion (dependent on dosage and metabolism, among other factors). Psilocybin has shown promising results in the research for concerns such as depression, end-of-life anxiety, cluster headaches, nicotine dependence, addictions, and other mental health issues. 

Please note: Psilocybin is not yet legal to possess, consume or distribute in any form within Canada without either a Section 56 exemption or approval through the Special Access Program. 

Why does Roots to Thrive provide intramuscular ketamine to participants instead of intravenous, intranasal, or oral lozenges? 
We use intramuscular ketamine for the accuracy in dosing and the consistent onset and duration.

Will I be able to get off my medications after RTT-KAT or RTT-PAT?
You will continue to work with your primary care health provider during and following your program with us. Many people are able to adjust or wean off medications and this must be done with your primary care provider in a safe and thoughtful manner.

Does Roots to Thrive offer MDMA-assisted therapy?
The Roots To Thrive Team has a large group of MDMA trained therapists. We will begin offering MDMA therapy when Health Canada allows us to. 

Does Roots to Thrive offer cannabis-assisted therapy?
At this time we do not offer cannabis-assisted therapy. 

How do I join the alumni program?
To join the alumni program, you must first complete one of our Roots to Thrive programs, at which point you will automatically become a Roots to Thrive Alumni. From there, you may choose to join the Alumni Program with the option of additional ketamine sessions.

I went through the RTT program (non-ketamine stream) as a participant. Can I participate in the alumni KAT sessions?
Up to this point, our team has reviewed this on a case-by-case basis. We have identified a need to make some adjustments to our process, which is now currently under development. Please continue to check this FAQ page for updates.