What Is Ketamine?
What Is Ketamine?
Ketamine (KET-eh-meen) hydrochloride is a quick-acting anesthetic that is legally used in both humans (as a sedative for minor surgery) and animals (as a tranquilizer). At high doses, it causes intoxication and hallucinations similar to LSD.
What Else Is Ketamine Called?
K, Special K, vitamin K, bump, cat Valium, Kit Kat, Super acid, Purple
How Is Ketamine Used?
In different forms, ketamine can be snorted, swallowed, smoked, or injected. Users often use it along with other drugs such as Ecstasy (called kitty flipping) or cocaine or sprinkle it on marijuana blunts.
What Does Ketamine Do?
People who use ketamine can become psychologically dependent on it to feel good, deal with life, or handle stress.
Users may become delirious, hallucinate, and lose their sense of time and reality. The trip — or K-hole — that results from ketamine use lasts up to 2 hours. Users may become nauseated or vomit, and have problems with thinking or memory.
At higher doses, ketamine causes movement problems, body numbness, and slowed breathing. Overdosing on ketamine can stop breathing and cause death.
Where Can I Find Help?
If you or someone you know is fighting drug addiction, recovery is possible. Talk to your health care provider or check your state or local health department websites.
You also can get more information and support by calling 1-800-662-HELP (4357), or online at:
- Talking to Your Child About Drugs
- What Are Depressants?
- What Are Inhalants?
- What Is MDMA (Ecstasy)?
- What Are Amphetamines?
- Drugs: What Parents Need to Know
- What Is Rohypnol?
- What Is Marijuana?
- What Are Cocaine & Crack?
- What Is GHB?
- What Is Heroin?
- What Is LSD?
- What Is Methamphetamine (Meth)?
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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