What is Ketamine?
Ketamine is a Hallucinogen, Anesthetic, Antidepressant, Analgesic, and Cardiopulmonary Stimulant. You may ask what is ketamine? Ketamine is a sedative-hypnotic drug that causes profound analgesia along with cardiovascular and respiratory stimulation without altering pharyngeal-laryngeal reflexes or skeletal muscle tone (or slightly enhanced). Medical applications of ketamine drugs include anesthesia for short diagnostic and surgical procedures, as an inducing agent, as an adjunct to supplement low-potency anesthetics such as nitrous oxide, and as a supplement to local and regional anesthesia.
Ketamine for depression, PTSD, OCD, autism, and other conditions
Ketamine is used for depression as a potentially rapid-acting and long-lasting antidepressant in the proper patient. Ketamine drug is also used as an analgesic to treat chronic pain and neuropathic pain in the proper patient for such pain syndromes as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) or reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD). Other off-label uses of ketamine drugs include ketamine infusion for PTSD, OCD, and autism.
What does it look like?
- A clear liquid, when used in medicine
- A grainy white or brown crystalline powder when sold on the street
- Tablets, although this is less common
What does it taste/smell like?
Ketamine tastes bitter and unpleasant.
How can it be taken?
Ketamine is used in medicine as an anesthetic for humans and animals.
By snorting it as a powder
Most people who take powder ketamine will snort it. Users often talk of taking a ‘bump’, meaning they snort a small amount of ketamine. In the UK, snorting is the most common way to take ketamine.
By injecting it
People who regularly use ketamine sometimes inject it to get a bigger hit. They usually inject ketamine into a muscle.
By swallowing it as a tablet
Some people swallow it in tablet form, but this is less common.
Some people ‘bomb’ it, which is swallowing the powder wrapped in a cigarette paper.
How long the effects last and the drug stays in your system depends on how much you’ve taken, your size, whether you’ve eaten and what other drugs you may have also taken.
To kick in
When snorted, ketamine normally takes about 15 minutes to take effect. When taken orally, it will take longer, around 20 minutes to an hour.
How long it lasts
The buzz can last around for 30 minutes to an hour, but the effects really depend on how much you take.
People may feel down and low in mood for a few days after using ketamine.
How long will it be detectable?
Ketamine can be detected in a urine test several days after taking it.
How long a drug can be detected depends on how much is taken and which testing kit is used. This is only a general guide.
How it feels
How does it make you feel?
Ketamine is a general anesthetic so it reduces sensations in the body. Trips can last for a couple of hours.
Taking ketamine can make you feel:
- dream-like and detached
- chilled, relaxed, and happy
- confused and nauseated
Ketamine can also:
- alter your perception of time and space and make you hallucinate (see or hear things that aren’t there)
- stop you feeling pain, putting you at risk of hurting yourself and not realizing it
If you take too much ketamine you may lose the ability to move and go into a ‘k-hole’. This feels like your mind and body have separated and you can’t do anything about it – which can be a very scary experience.
Regular ketamine use can cause:
- panic attacks
- damage to short- and long-term memory
- depression, if taken frequently
How does it make people behave?
It can make people seem slower, more relaxed, and chilled out, but it can also stop people from being able to move properly and from making sense.