Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic drug that was made in the early 1960s. Ketamine has been used in human and veterinary medicine, primarily for anesthesia. Ketamine has become popular on the street as a “club drug” often used by teens and young adults at rave parties and dance clubs. Since it is odorless as well as tasteless it can easily be added to drinks without being noticed and is used as a “date rape drug.”
When ketamine is used as a date rape drug it paralyzes victims; making them unable to speak or move. Ketamine is a popular date rape drug because it can also cause amnesia so victims cannot recall the events that took place while they were under the influence of the drug.
For those who are abusing Ketamine, the effects are very similar to PCP. Users say that Ketamine makes them feel like they are floating or as if they are disassociating from their bodies. Ketamine can also produce hallucinogenic effects that last about one to two hours. Other users have said that they feel a complete detachment from their senses which is described to be like a near-death experience, this is referred to as a “k-hole” or a state of total dissociation.
Some short term common side effects of Ketamine are visual disturbance, confusion, disorientation, increased heart rate, nausea and vomiting, sedation, elevated blood pressure and euphoria. Some more severe side effects of Ketamine include severe allergic reaction, difficulty with speech, abnormal movements, depressed or slowed breathing, and hypotension and heart rhythm abnormalities. Some studies have shown that long-term effects produced by chronic use of Ketamine are short-term memory loss, visual memory loss and speech problems. This research shows that this damage is permanent.
Seek help now for Ketamine abuse before being plagued by its long term effects.