What is ketamine? Ketamine is a dissociative drug, causing a sense of disconnection from one’s surroundings. If enough is taken, ketamine causes a trance-like effect that, when at its peak, abusers refer to as the K-Hole, or being in the K-Hole. Pupils dilate and the user becomes totally unaware of everything around them, even their own identity. Being in the K-Hole is considered to be a transcendental experience by ketamine abusers. Ketamine is sold illegally on the street and also for legal use under its brand name, Ketalar. It’s widely used in veterinary medicine as an anesthetic, a safer alternative to phencyclidine, or PCP. In fact, much of the ketamine sold on the street is stolen from veterinary offices. Your text to link…

Ketamine was developed in 1963. It’s used in human medicine, too, mostly as an anesthetic agent. It’s sometimes used in chronic pain treatment, and more controversially, as a treatment for depression. Your text to link…Ketamine is safe when used properly under medical supervision, but when abused, ketamine is not safe at all. The drug can cause extreme confusion and vivid hallucinations. It’s sometimes used as a date rape drug due to its ability to incapacitate its victim. Amnesia is a common side effect of ketamine, but the same amnesiac effect that would be desirable in a surgical situation would leave a rape victim unable to identify or testify against her attacker. Ketamine is tasteless and odorless.

Other Ketamine Dangers

Ketamine has a number of rather colorful street names: KitKat, Special K, Purple, Ket and Jet are just a few. Whatever it’s called, ketamine is trouble when used as a recreational drug. Possible side effects include psychosis, high blood pressure and seizures. Long-term, ketamine can cause kidney and bladder problems. Ketamine can cause such severe damage to the bladder that the user no longer has any control or use of the organ, and surgery is required. This condition even has an official name: ketamine-induced ulcerative cystitis.

Ketamine is most commonly seen as a light brown powder. It’s usually taken nasally, but it can be ingested orally, smoked, and injected. When taken with other depressant drugs, such as alcohol, ketamine can kill.

Ketamine and Depression

There is strong evidence that ketamine can help people with severe depression. Your text to link…. When used in a supervised psychiatric setting, low doses of ketamine have relieved symptoms of severe and chronic depression, sometimes within hours of administration. Patients who failed to respond to other drug therapies have obtained relief from this drug. It’s useful in the treatment of treatment-resistant bipolar disorder, as well. Like many drugs, ketamine has two faces: a harmful one, and a helpful one. It’s clear, though, that non-medical use of ketamine is not safe.

If you Need Help

What is ketamine? It’s a very dangerous drug when used outside a medical setting. Ketamine can be addictive. Tolerance develops, and some users overdose in their quest for that initial feeling. If you are using ketamine and want to stop, help is available. Contact a drug treatment center today. The call is confidential and a trained staff member can help you understand what your options are and ensure that you receive the best treatment. That one call can set you on your way on the road to recovery.