Ketamine

What is Ketamine?

Ketamine is an anesthetic and anesthetic that is also used as a recreational drug. It is also used for animals. That is why it is sometimes also referred to as a horse anesthetic. Other nicknames for the drug are Special K, Vitamin K and Keta.

It is available as a powder and in a liquid form. Usually the liquid is boiled and snorted in powder form, but it can also be administered orally, rectally or intravenously. Serious dissociative effects quickly develop when the drug is injected.

What are the side effects?

Ketamine has several side effects such as confusion, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain and unconsciousness. In low doses it makes the user dreamy. In higher doses, users experience psychedelic and sometimes dissociative effects. The users seem awake, but no longer respond to stimuli. Balance and sense of touch can also be disturbed. To counteract the hallucinogenic effect is used in the medical world benzodiazepines added.

What is a K-hole?

When using larger doses of ketamine, and especially when injecting this drug, an effect called a K-hole can occur. Users compare this to a near-death experience: they feel that the mind leaves the body and ends up in a tunnel.

Is Ketamine Addictive?

Ketamine is a highly addictive drug. With regular use, one also builds up tolerance for the drug, so that they need more and more for the same effect. You can also become mentally dependent. This is the case, for example, if you no longer like (certain) occasions when you cannot use them.

Despite the dangers of the drug, the drug is becoming increasingly popular. So it reports Trimbos Institute for example, that there are signs of increasing interest in the drug. In 2016, 17% of party and festival visitors indicated that they had used the drug. A year later this percentage had risen to more than 33%. The drug is also increasingly being offered in the Drugs Information and Monitoring System. This indicates that the resource is becoming increasingly accessible.