A peek inside the Ketamine Wellness Centers clinic in Mesa, Arizona. Courtesy photo
The center, operated by Delic’s subsidiary Ketamine Wellness Centers (KWC), will employ 8-10 people, including nurse practitioners, infusion facilitators and administrative positions, Delic co-founder and CEO Matt Stang told the NNBW.
Reno’s office at 1895 Plumas Street, Ste. 6, will be KWC’s second site in Nevada; she currently operates one in Las Vegas.
“The Vegas location has been open for less than a year and it is very well done; I think it provides an accessible and affordable way to get care, ”Stang said.
Delic announced plans in
“Reno is currently one of the biggest and booming cities in the whole country. We have seen the explosive growth and believe there is a real need for it in northern Nevada, ”Stang said. “It also allows us to provide these treatments to people in California and on Lake Tahoe as well. It’s great for the community and it’s exciting for us to be in the Reno area.
Ketamine is known to help treat depression and anxiety disorders, which have become increasingly prevalent in society due to the added layer of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The drug was first introduced in the 1960s as an anesthetic to treat soldiers wounded during the Vietnam War, and around the turn of the decade the FDA approved its use as a sedative for patients during surgeries.
Years later, it began to be used as a popular recreational drug in nightclubs because it causes euphoric and hallucinogenic effects.
However, more and more studies show that patients treated for their physical pain with ketamine also made their depression go away and their moods apparently improved overnight.
Stang said Delic’s mission is to tackle the mental health crisis in Canada and the United States by reframing the psychedelic conversation and creating a vast network of physical clinics to safely deliver treatment to the ketamine and develop high quality effective product lines.
“We use a science-based approach to ketamine treatment, and it helps 70-80% of our patients tremendously,” he said. “It doesn’t change your physical body or your outlook on life. It’s for people looking for new modalities. The time has come and the need is there.
“It is the safest anesthetic there is; everything is done under the supervision of a doctor in an incredibly secure space. It has been used for decades as an effective way to treat depression and the science is irrefutable there.
He further explained that ketamine is an ideal resource for treating resistant depression and getting people out of anxious routines.
“My wife had an anxiety disorder and ketamine helped me tremendously,” Stang said. “It completely knocked out his anxiety.”
At KWC, mental health treatment costs $ 449 per infusion, pain treatment costs $ 899, and long-term pain treatment costs $ 1,200. KWC accepts certain insurance plans for those with a legitimate pain diagnosis, according to the company.
Established in 2018 and based in Vancouver, Delic has a group of companies including Ketamine Infusion Centers and KWC, which it describes as making up the largest chain of psychedelic wellness clinics in the United States; Delic Labs, which focuses on the research and development of psilocybin vaporization technology; and Reality Sandwich and Delic Radio, a pair of media and e-commerce platforms.
Since KWC launched in 2015, staff have administered approximately 60,000 ketamine infusions at its 10 clinics in Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Nevada, Minnesota, Washington, Florida and Texas, according to Delic, which acquired KWC in September 2021. It also uses two ketamines. Infusion centers in Phoenix and Bakersfield, California.
According to a December 2 press release, in addition to KWC’s Reno and Salt Lake City sites, Delic plans to open 13 additional clinics across the country over the next 18 months.