Used by medical practitioners and veterinarians as an anaesthetic. It is sometimes used illegally by people to get high
Special K, K, ket, KitKat, super K or horse trank.
Ketamine belongs to a class of drugs known as dissociative anaesthetics, drugs in this category make a person feel detached from sensations and surroundings as if they are floating outside their body. Similar and related category drugs include the hallucinogen, phencyclidine (the notorious PCP), dextromethorphan (DXM), and nitrous oxide(laughing gas)
Traditional Ketamine Use
Used in veterinary medicine, the most widely used anaesthetic and is used in some surgical procedures in humans.
Club Recreational Use
It is considered similar to ecstasy and abused as a date-rape drug.
Ketamine can be swallowed, snorted or injected. It is also sometimes smoked with cannabis or tobacco. The effects of ketamine smoking Ketimine is immediate AND may take up to 30 seconds if injected, 1-5 minutes if snorted, and up to 20 minutes if swallowed. The effects of ketamine can last for approximately 45 to 90 minutes.
Adverse effects can be:
- hallucinations, confusion, and delirium
- dilated pupils and changes in eyesight
- inability to control eye movements
- changes in perceptions of colour or sound
- dissociation from body or identity
- slow heartbeat
- behavioural changes
- increased pressure in the eyes and brain
- difficulty thinking or learning
- slurred speech
- involuntary muscle movements and muscle stiffness
When used as an anaesthetic in humans, doctors combine it with another drug to prevent hallucinations.
Regular use of ketamine may eventually cause:
- Dependence on ketamine
- Financial, work and social problems
- Mood and personality changes, depression
- Poor memory, thinking and concentration
- Ketamine bladder syndrome (see below)
- Abdominal pain
- Poor sense of smell (from snorting)
- Needing to use more to get the same effect
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