AKA: VITAMIN K, SUPER K, SPECIAL K, K, GREEN, DONKEY DUST.
What is Ketamine?
It’s a powerful general anaesthetic which stops you feeling pain and it’s used for operations on humans and animals. The effects don’t last long, but until they wear off, ketamine can cause a loss of feeling in the body and paralysis of the muscles. It can also lead to you experiencing a distortion of reality.
What does ketamine look like?
When used as a medical anaesthetic, ketamine is a liquid, because this makes it easy to inject.
‘Street’ ketamine is normally a grainy, white powder – although sometimes it can come as tablets.
On average, a gram of ketamine in powder form costs £20.
How is ketamine taken?
There are a number of ways of taking ketamine:
No method is safe, but injecting is very risky. Injecting any drug and sharing injecting equipment runs the risk of spreading a virus, such as HIV or hepatitis C. There is also the risk that veins may be damaged, which can lead to infections and/or gangrene (death of body tissue) which can result in you losing a finger, toe or a limb.
What are the effects of ketamine?
It’s a general anaesthetic that can produce ‘floaty’ feelings, as if the mind and body have been separated. Other effects include:
What are the health risks of ketamine?
Ketamine can increase your heart rate and blood pressure. It can make you confused, agitated, delirious and disconnected from reality. It can make you feel sick, and it can cause damage to your short and long term memory. Other risks include:
What is ketamine cut with?
Users won’t know whether any ketamine they get through a dealer, even a friend, is definitely ketamine or whether it has been contaminated (or ‘cut’) with any other substances.
There have been reports of ketamine being cut with the ‘legal high’ MXE while some people have been sold ketamine which is really MXE. MXE is chemically related to ‘dissociative anaesthetics’ like ketamine and has similar effects. But it is much stronger than ketamine and extra care is needed to avoid overdosing.
Only medicinal ketamine would be reliably pure.
Can you get addicted to ketamine?
The simple answer is – yes – you can become addicted to it. This means dependent users feel the need to keep taking ketamine, even in spite of the effects on their health. Some users will attend drug treatment services to help them stop.
Regular users can also develop tolerance to ketamine, which means they need to take increasing amounts to get the same effects.
There are no physical withdrawal symptoms, so ketamine addiction is sometimes called a ‘psychological dependence’. Dependence is just another name for addiction.
Ketamine and the law
What if you’re caught?
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