The Chris Voss Show Podcast – Sam Mandel, CEO and Co-Founder of Ketamine Clinics Los Angeles, Expert in Ketamine Infusions, Mental Health Psychedelic Medicine

Sam Mandel, CEO and Co-Founder of Ketamine Clinics Los Angeles, Expert in Ketamine Infusions, Mental Health Psychedelic Medicine

Here are some key points from the podcast conversation between Chris Voss of The Chris Voss Show Podcast and Sam Mandel:

Ketamine infusion therapy involves receiving low, sub-anesthetic doses of ketamine intravenously in a clinical setting. It is used to treat depression, PTSD, anxiety, and other mental health conditions.

Ketamine works very quickly, with many people experiencing relief after just 2-3 infusions within the first week. This is much faster than conventional antidepressants like SSRIs which can take 4-6 weeks to start working.

Ketamine has an 83% success rate for treating depression and mental health issues, even in treatment-resistant cases that have not responded to other medications and therapies.

The effects of ketamine last for months at a time, unlike medications that need to be taken daily. There are also no major long-term side effects.

Ketamine works through different mechanisms than conventional antidepressants. It stimulates regrowth of neural connections and pathways in the brain. It also induces a psychedelic state that allows revisiting trauma and gaining new perspectives on issues.

Proper ketamine treatment involves intravenous administration in a clinical setting under supervision of medical professionals, not taking lozenges or sprays at home which the FDA has warned against.

Ketamine clinics provide comprehensive mental healthcare including therapy, psychiatry, transcranial magnetic stimulation in addition to ketamine infusion therapy.

Ketamine treatment costs around $3900 for a complete series of 6 infusions. Some insurance plans may cover parts of the treatment.


About Sam Mandel

Sam Mandel is a lifelong mental health advocate & entrepreneur. Sam cofounded Ketamine Clinics Los Angeles with his father, Dr. Steven L. Mandel, in 2014 and has grown the clinic to be one of the most successful and well-respected Ketamine Infusion Therapy clinics in the U.S. He serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for the day-to-day operations and strategic direction of KCLA, managing its growing staff of 16. He oversees all non-clinical functions, including patient satisfaction, human resources and employee retention, vendors, marketing, public relations, technology, compliance, legal, and finance. Sam also enjoys weightlifting, traveling, snowboarding, and spending time with his dog Banksy.