Drugs at work: Christmas Edition


Ketamine, categorized as a “dissociative anesthetic,” is used in powdered or liquid form as an anesthetic, usually on animals. It can be injected, consumed in drinks, snorted, or added to joints or cigarettes. Ketamine was placed on the list of controlled substances in the US in 1999.

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.

Effects

Positive
  • Pleasant mental and/or body high
  • Increase in energy
  • Euphoria
  • Sense of calm and serenity
  • Meaningful spiritual experiences
  • Enhanced sense of connection with the world (beings or objects)
Neutral
  • Distortion or loss of sensory perceptions (common)
  • Closed- and open-eye visuals (common)
  • Dissociation of mind from body
  • Analgesia, numbness
  • Ataxia (loss of motor coordination)
  • Significant change in perception of time
  • Increase in heart rate
  • Slurred speech
  • Confusion, disorientation
  • Out-of-body experience
  • Shifts in perception of reality
  • “K-hole”; intense mind-body dissociation, out-of-body experiences, highly realistic visuals
Negative
  • Risk of psychological dependency
  • Nasal discomfort upon insufflation
  • Discomfort, pain or numbness at injection site (with IM)
  • Severe confusion, disorganised thinking
  • Paranoia and egocentrism (with regular use)
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Frightening or untimely distortion or loss of sensory perception
  • Susceptibility to accidents (from uncoordination and change in perception of body and time)
  • Severe dissociation, depersonalisation
  • Loss of consciousness (dangerous or fatal in wrong circumstances)
  • Depression of heart rate and respiration (risk increases with increased dose or when combined with depressants)

 [Via: drugfreeworld.org | erowid.org]

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