Angeleno credits ketamine with helping her heal brain trauma

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“When I was growing up, it was very much like … if you smoke weed, it'll ruin your life kind of thing,” Fortesa Latifi says. “And now I'm like, ‘[Mom], do you want to come with me to do ketamine?’” Photo by Fortesa Latifi.

A Los Angeles journalist with brain trauma turned to specialists who recommended ketamine treatment. It’s known as the party drug “special K,” but it gives her relief.

A pajarete is a party and Mexican drink made of chocolate, coffee, high-proof alcohol, and raw milk from goats and cows. The beverage is said to induce a mild high and kick-start the day.