Is Ketamine Dangerous?

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Ketamine is a prescription drug that is frequently used by veterinarians which has somehow; someway found its way into raves. The drug was initially designed and conceived of as an anesthetic for animals, but has also been used to treat humans who are suffering from serious injuries. As is so often the case with legal drugs, it was designed with good intentions but is being used by some in a manner for which it was not intended. Just how dangerous is it?

When Abused, Ketamine Is Potentially Lethal

On the street Ketamine is referred to by nicknames such as Special K, Vitamin K or Super Acid. It will typically be sold in the form of either a powder or liquid. It will be consumed either by snorting or orally, and some choose to mix it into alcoholic beverages or roll it inside a joint and smoke it. The high received from this drug will last from thirty minutes to an hour but those who ingest it will have to wait a bit longer.

Upon becoming high a user will enter a trance state where they may be completely unresponsive to ordinary stimuli. Their pupils will be dilated, they may salivate and their eyes may move rapidly, which is involuntary. As is the case with other drugs, those who are high on Ketamine may also experience both illusions as well as hallucinations.

Due to the fact it is anesthetic Ketamine becomes extremely dangerous in higher dosages. Many users want to test their limits, entering a state which they refer to as being the K-hole. At this point the user will be almost completely sedated and some have even reported that it is similar to a near death experience (which is frighteningly accurate).

Consequences Of High Dosages

Those who enter a K-hole may demonstrate nausea, as well as slurred speech and dizziness. Their muscles may also twitch. Some users have reported effects akin to PCP, where they feel a sense of invulnerability and superhuman strength. This particular attribute is just as dangerous as an OD because it can result in the user harming themselves or others.

Once a user develops a dependence of Ketamine they will have to take higher doses to achieve the initial high. It is this phenomenon that can result in overdose and death. A Ketamine OD can kill through a combination of respiratory malfunction combined with slow breathing. But even if a user never experiences an overdose, there are other long term effects they can expect.

Some of these include depression along with respiratory problems and flashbacks. Ketamine is exceptionally habit forming and those who abuse it will develop a craving for it. If you or someone you know is abusing Ketamine, you should seek professional help as soon as possible. This drug was not intended to be abused and those that do put themselves at risk of permanent injury or death.

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