Ketamine Basics

Ketamine, Special K or K, is a fast-acting 'dissociative anesthetic'. Rather than blocking pain like traditional painkillers, it shuts off the brain from the body. With the brain no longer processing information from nerve pathways, awareness expands resulting in a hallucinogenic state.

Since 1970, it has been popular in medicine in the UK and US and all over the world as a safe anesthetic for children and the elderly. Doctors in the Emergency Room may use K for certain procedures, including intubating youngsters.

Special K is also used as a sedative for patients in the Intensive Care ward of the hospital and to treat bronchial spasms. It is also used by vets on animals for short operations, hence it being dubbed a "horse tranquilizer." Find out more about Ketamine's use in medicine here.

Ketamine users tend to be teenagers and young adults. This drug may be bought at dance clubs and raves. According to a survey conducted by the University of Michigan's Monitoring the Future Survey, approximately three percent of high school students had tried K at some point.

Street prices vary, depending on the dealer involved, the quality of the product and the geographic area involved. In some cases, ketamine can be bought for as little as $10 per gram, although some dealers charge between $20-$50 per gram of the drug at parties and special events.

Special K Appearance

Ketamine comes in three main forms: powder, tablet and liquid. The most common form is white powder which is snorted. It looks like cocaine but is smoother and less likely to form hard rocks or a flowery texture if damp.

Most users start out by taking Ketamine in powdered form as it allows them to introduce themselves to the drug with small amounts. When ketamine is being ingested in this way, the dosage ranges from 15-200 mg.

K in a Tablet Form

Ketamine also appears intermittently in tablet or capsule form, often masquerading as a brand of Ecstasy with the same meaningless "dove" or "Mitsubishi" logos.

Ketamine pills are usually very diluted and cut with a stimulant like ephedrine (a natural amphetamine-like chemical) to produce a mildly trippy speedy effect.

Ketamine sold as Ecstasy may be the origin of the "smacky pills" legend, which contends that pills sold as EX were cut with other substances, such as speed, LSD or other substances. Taking one of them made the user more likely to have an overdose or have an allergic reaction, since the true ingredients of the pill may not be known.

Ketamine in Liquid Form

Ketamine Hydrochloride, intended for use as a hospital anesthetic, is sold in liquid form in small 10 ml bottles, often with the brand names Ketaset, Ketavet and Ketalar.

Some recreational Ketamine users inject this liquid into a muscle. We strongly advise against injecting Ketamine intravenously. You could pass out immediately.

Some people mix Kit Kat with another liquid so that they can consume the mixture as a beverage. Avoid drinking it as well. Liquid ketamine is very hard on the stomach. Profuse vomiting is possible. If you pass out, you may choke on your vomit.

Do not mix Vitamin K with alcohol. Driving while under the influence of ketamine is not a good idea, either. People who choose to use this drug should also avoid activities like swimming or operating heavy equipment.

CK 1

CK 1 is a combination of cocaine or crack cocaine (smokeable cocaine mixed with sodium bicarbonate) and ketamine. The cocaine roots the user in the real world and counters the tendency for higher doses of K to send you into a conscious, paralyzed state.

See mixing with other drugs for more information.

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