Ketamine Category: Dissociative drugs
Ket, K, Special K, Horse Tranquiliser, Vitamin K
Ketamine is a psychedelic dissociative normally sold as a grainy white powder. It is also an anaesthetic used in human and veterinary medicine. When used as a recreational drug, it can produce feelings of euphoria, relaxation, detachment from oneself as well as psychedelic experiences.
How it’s used
When used medically it comes in liquid form. More commonly it is known in white powder form which is often offwhite and snorted. Less often people may swallow or inject.
Drugs can effect each person differently. The effects will depend on personal factors such as your physical and mental health as well as the dose and potency of a substance.
- The effects of ketamine are dose dependent meaning the effects are based on how much is consumed.
- You could feel chilled, relaxed and happy
- Some people can feel energised
- You can have an ‘out of body’ experience or sense of detachment
- You may have hallucinations, numbness and muscle spasms
- You may feel sick or vomit
- Ketamine can affect your balance and coordination
- Frequent use can cause depression, memory problems or lead to panic attacks
- If inject it, ketamine may damage your veins and lead to abscesses and thrombosis
- You risk HIV and hepatitis if you share needles
- Emerging evidence suggests that frequent or long term use could be linked to bladder damage
If you are pregnant
Do not use if you are pregnant as we don’t know enough about the risks to your baby
There may be potential for dependency for some people.
People who use ketamine regularly can develop a toleran, which means that more is needed to get the desired effects.
No known physical withdrawal symptoms
What help is available?
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It is always safer not to use, but if you do, follow harm reduction information. See our ketamine campaign« Back to Types of Drugs page