What is ketamin?

Ketamin is used by medical practitioners and veterinarians as an anaesthetic. It’s sometimes used illegally by people to get high.

Ketamin is a dissociative drug, which means it acts on different chemicals in the brain to produce visual and auditory distortion, and a detachment from reality.

When it’s sold illegally, ketamine usually comes as a white or off-white powder. It can also be made into pills, or dissolved in a liquid.1

Clinical trials and studies are assessing ketamine as a treatment for depression. Early indications show good results.2

Other names

Special K, K, ket, kitkat, super k or horse trank.3,4

Other types of dissociatives

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How is it used?

Ketamin can be swallowed, snorted or injected. It’s also sometimes smoked with cannabis or tobacco.

The effects of ketamine may be experienced within one minute if injected, 5–15 minutes if snorted, and up to 30 minutes if swallowed. Its effects can last for around an hour, however an individual’s coordination or senses may be affected for up to 24 hours after initial use.

Effects of ketamin

There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries some risk. It’s important to be careful when taking any type of drug.

Ketamin affects everyone differently, based on:

  • size, weight and health
  • whether the person is used to taking it
  • whether other drugs are taken around the same time
  • the amount taken
  • the strength of the drug (varies from batch to batch)

The following effects may be experienced:

  • feeling happy and relaxed
  • feeling detached from your body (‘falling into a k-hole’)
  • visual and auditory hallucinations
  • confusion and clumsiness
  • increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • slurred speech and blurred vision
  • anxiety, panic and violence
  • vomiting
  • lowered sensitivity to pain

What is its effect on the body?

A couple of minutes after taking the drug, the user
may experience an increase in heart rate and blood
pressure that gradually decreases over the next 10 to
20 minutes. Ketamine can make users unresponsive
to stimuli. When in this state, users experience:
• Involuntarily rapid eye movement, dilated pupils,
salivation, tear secretions, and stiffening of the muscles
This drug can also cause nausea.

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