Ketamine is a synthetic compound used to induce and perpetuate anesthesia in veterinary and human practice. Ketamine treatment can help reduce the need for post-op addictive painkillers. In mild doses, medical professionals use it to treat major depression and suicidal ideations in emergency room settings.
But it’s odorless and colorless properties, along with its ability to arrest voluntary movements has made ketamine a sought-after date rape drug. Dance partygoers are using the drug’s trance-like state and dissociative effects. In fact, ketamine abusers repeatedly use it to experience the “K-hole,” wherein users get an out-of-body experience; but this effect usually precedes overdose.
Sovereign Health offers complete ketamine addiction recovery in all of our residential treatment programs.
Also called, Cat Valium, KitKat, Special K, Super K, Vitamin K, Purple, Ket and Jet, Ketamine can be swallowed as a pill, laced in tobacco or marijuana or mixed into drinks. It’s often cooked into a white powder for snorting.
Like other drugs, a tolerance is built after repeat use. With Ketamine drug abuse, this happens pretty quickly because it wears off after a short amount of time, requiring repeat use to maintain effects.
Its hallucinatory effects begin within a few minutes and ware off in less than an hour. Some users take high doses to achieve the aforementioned K-hole experience described as transcendental by some and terrifying by others.
Symptoms of Ketamine Abuse
Some of the side effects of ketamine abuse may include:
- Confusion, impaired judgement, delirium or amnesia
- Changes in perceptions of color or sound
- Difficulty thinking or learning
- Bloody, cloudy pee, trouble peeing or needing to pee often
- Pale or bluish lips, fingernails or skin
- Blurry vision
- Chest pain, discomfort, or tightness
- Problems with swallowing
- Hives, skin irritation
- Puffy or swollen face, eyelids, lips or tongue
- Feeling too excited, nervous, or restless
- Unusual tiredness or weakness
- Involuntary muscle movements and slurred speech
- Insensitivity to pain
- Dramatic increase in heart rate
- Bladder disease called ketamine-induced ulcerative cystitis