Ketamine is a fast-acting anesthetic used in medical and veterinary surgeries. Ketamine is classified as a dissociative drug, producing a sense of mind from body separation (dissociation). It works by stopping the brain from getting nerve messages about pain.
Ketamine, when abused, can have numerous negative effects. In the medical world, Ketamine is in liquid form. but, when Ketamine is sold on the street, generally it comes in a powder form that is odorless and colorless. It is what is known as the “date rape” drug, but also goes by these other names:
- Kit Kat
- Vitamin K
- Special K
- Cat tranquilizers
Ketamine is a fast-acting drug and can affect you in minutes when taken nasally (nose) and injection to the vein or muscle. The effects would come on much slower if taken orally (mouth).
Abusing Ketamine will have short term mental health effects such as:
- Being unable to speak
- A drunken dizzy feeling
- Sleeplessness, confusion, and loss of coordination
- Sensations of weightlessness or inability to move.
- Vivid dreams or hallucinations which may be intense and terrifying.
- Feeling like the mind is separated from the body.
There are many physical affects with the misuse of Ketamine such as:
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty breathing
- Loss of consciousness
- Unpleasant taste in mouth
- Increased blood pressure
- Decreased response to pain
The long term affects:
- Bladder inflammation
- Difficult or painful urination
- Frequent or urgent urination
- Impaired memory
- Decreased sociability
- Attention deficit or dysfunction.
The use of Ketamine regularly is physically addictive but can affect the user as an addiction the first time being used.
Current use of Ketamine:
Ketamine, and other drugs, can be treated thru medical, psychotherapy, support groups and lifestyle changes (Diet, exercise, social networking).
If you, or someone you know, is struggling with addiction or mental health conditions, contact your doctor, mental health professional and/or drug addiction organizations to find and receive treatment options for medical ketamine use or you can contact CanAm Interventions for support of referrals.