What is ketamine?

Ketamine is a drug used in human and veterinary medicine primarily for the induction and maintenance of general anesthesia.

Though usually used for this purpose in combination with some sedative drug, Ketamine, developed by Parke-Davis in 1962, was eventually used as a recreational drug due to its capability to produce a dissociative state, characterized by a sense of detachment from one's physical body.

Ketamine Addiction

Ketamine is a drug that has traditionally been used as an anesthetic in veterinary medicine. It has also been used in pediatric medicine for this purpose. Not only can it relieve pain, but Special K has powerful hallucinogenic qualities. The ketamine available on the street and in clubs are most likely procured by theft from a veterinary hospital or clinic. When ketamine is used as an anesthetic, it is injected or given intravenously. It can be converted into a powder by allowing the liquid in the injectable form to evaporate. The white substance is usually snorted, but some users choose to inject it.

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.

Ketamine Dangers

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.

Ketamine Dosage

Ketamine has a very steep dose-response curve. It is a very different drug with very different effects at higher doses. However, unlike other psychedelic drugs like LSD, Ketamine is a short trip, lasting no more than an hour and a half from start to finish. The duration is not affected by the dose. So if you're not enjoying yourself, it's all over pretty quickly. common effects for snorted doses low doses (10-75mg) A small line of Ketamine, up to 50mg, will induce the mild, trippy euphoria that has led to its sale as an alternative to Ecstasy. Smells and tastes seem muted. Visual perception and sense of touch amplified.

Ketamine Drug Tests

Ketamine is not tested for in standard or advanced drug tests. It is not included on the list of drugs the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) uses for employee drug testing purposes. The SAMHSA 5 includes the following drugs:

Ketamine Effects

At low doses, Ketamine is a mild, if weird stimulant. It is in the same class of drugs as PCP (Angel Dust), DXM and nitrous oxide (laughing gas). At medium to high doses, it becomes a very powerful paralyzing psychedelic. Its effects are like a combination of cocaine, cannabis, opium, nitrous oxide, and alcohol.

Ketamine FAQ

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Ketamine Legality

  Special K Legality in the US Under the U.S. Controlled Substances Act, K is a Schedule III drug. Substances given this designation:

Ketamine Links

interesting and informative reading materials websites » alchemica James Kent's very informed ramblings on Ketamine » John Lilly's website judge 'The Scientist' yourself. Stuff on dolphins is fascinating » ketamine @ erowid.org huge and detailed resource, many trip reports » ketamine @ the lycaeum another vast online resource

Ketamine Mixing

Like all anesthetics, Ketamine is not a good mixer. Respiratory depressants like alcohol and valium are particularly risky. At anything above a low level dose (50mg or less), Ketamine is so powerful and complete that for most users, combining it with any other drug only detracts from the experience. Please note: there have been very few scientific studies into the effects of combining psychoactive drugs. The information presented here is anecdotal. It is based on the subjective reports of experienced users. Different people will respond differently to different drugs and drug combinations. Know your body. alcohol can cause nausea and vomiting; can also depress respiratory system at high doses

Ketamine Sources

primary sources » ketamine: dreams & realities by Dr Karl Jansen (2001) Straddling both the recreational and medical worlds, Jansen explores in detail Ketamine use, experiences, pharmacology addiction and health issues, as well as its potential as a psychedelic prop for psychotherapy and healing. Jansen is as close as the world gets to a world-expert on Ketamine. This is an honest, well-written and authoritative manual for anyone interested in the subject. secondary sources » erowid.org