Ketamine (Special K), categorized as a 'dissociative anesthetic', is used in powdered or liquid form as an anesthetic, a drug that was designed for use in a hospital or veterinary setting and is widely abused.
Users often misinterpret the risks associated with Ketamine and mistakenly believe that the drug is non-addictive. Unfortunately, Ketamine addiction is very real and it is very dangerous.
Consuming Ketamine regularly or repeatedly can quickly lead to a range of symptoms associated with increased tolerance and dependence on the drug. While Ketamine addiction may not be as difficult to overcome as certain other addictions, the dangers are still very real and the risks associated with Ketamine addiction still come to haunt those who fall victim to this terrible disease.
Ketamine has hallucinogenic and painkilling qualities that seem to affect people in very different ways. It can be injected, consumed in drinks, snorted, or added to joints or cigarettes.
Short and long-term effects include increased heart rate and blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, numbness, depression, amnesia, hallucinations and potentially fatal respiratory problems.
Ketamine users can also develop cravings for the drug. At high doses, users experience an effect referred to as “K-Hole,” an “out of body” or “near-death” experience.
Due to the detached, dreamlike state it creates, where the user finds it difficult to move, ketamine has been used as a “date-rape” drug.
The K Effect
The K effect is very rapid. Even small amounts of Special K may result in feelings of a dreamy state and floating outside of their body. Users have reported their arms and legs feeling numb in the initial stages of the trip. In 10-20 minutes they can find themselves hardly able to move and, at higher doses, the experience has been described as even approaching out-of-body and near-death experiences.
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