Thanks to its use in medicine, Ketamine is relatively safe compared with most recreational drugs. There have been numerous human clinical trials and its effects, long and short term, are well documented and understood. Nevertheless, recreational drug use is not controlled medical use.
Overdosing on Special K
Overdosing on a self-administered dose of Ketamine is nearly impossible because it has a wide safety margin and you will pass out well before it can kill you.
However, Ketamine is not a good drug to take outside the home. You're quite likely to fall down, get run over, or at least make a complete fool of yourself.
Talking, moving or even going to the toilet is not easy; it's important to be in a safe environment with, ideally, one non-participating friend who you can trust to watch your back.
Physical Dangers of Using Kit Kat
At high doses, Ketamine can be physically incapacitating, even paralyzing. Make sure you extinguish all cigarettes, candles and anything flammable that could be knocked over.
Using this drug can make the user feel cloudy. It's been described as a disconnection between the mind and the body. If the dosage ingested is high enough, the user may lose consciousness.
After use, a Ketamine user may experience unusual dreams. He or she may also find that thought processes are cloudy. Thinking clearly can be difficult, and can lead to the user harming him or herself. The person who uses Ketamine is at a higher risk for being involved in an accident than a non-user.
When Kit Kat is injected, it can cause respiratory depression. The heart rate increases as the drug is processed by the body, which can lead to an irregular heartbeat, heart attack or stroke. It is possible to be unaware of an existing heart condition, which means that everyone who uses this drug is putting themselves at risk for potentially severe health consequences with each dose they ingest.
Alcohol and K
K is known as a club drug and when combined with alcohol, the effects can be quite dangerous. Both substances are depressants, and when they are used together, the effects of the Ketamine are increased.
Vomiting after ingesting alcohol and Special K can lead to the individual aspirating the material into the lungs. When this occurs, it is a serious medical condition requiring immediate treatment.
When alcohol is combined with Ketamine, the user can exhibit behavior patterns that are not normal when he or she is sober. This combination of drugs can result in aggressive actions that may include physical altercations.
Ketamine as a Date Rape Drug
You should also be aware of the fact that Kit Kat is odorless and tasteless. Due to its anesthetic properties, Ketamine has been used to incapacitate another person as a date rape drug, just like Ativan or GHB. The victim would likely remain conscious after ingesting the drug. He or she would appear intoxicated, and people nearby may assume that the person is drunk.
The victim will not be aware of the fact they have been drugged and will have little or no recollection of the sexual assault itself.
Bad Trips and Special K
Not every experience with Ketamine is going to be a good one, and users who are in the midst of a bad trip can become anxious or even have a panic attack. Mood swings can also occur when a person is under the influence of Special K.
A trip can start off in a very pleasant manner, but then turn into something the user finds disturbing or frightening. As a result of the disturbing images, the individual may start behaving in a bizarre fashion, which may put themselves or others at risk of harm.
Long Term Dangers of Using Ketamine
Some emerging research suggests that heavy and prolonged Ketamine use can cause brain damage, in the form of “Olney's lesions” or “vacuoles.”
However these vacuoles were found on rats injected with Ketamine and experiments on monkeys have failed to produce similar results. This is probably one reason why the Federal Drugs Administration (FDA) in the US has not removed medicinal Ketamine from the marketplace.
People who either have or are at risk for mental illness may experience psychological difficulties after using Ketamine that include personality changes. A family history of mental illness means that an individual is at a higher risk for having similar issues, and a history of using K may trigger the onset of symptoms.