Ketamine hydrochloride is a dissociative anaesthetic that is sometimes used in medical and veterinary settings. Dissociative anaesthetics can make a person feel as though they are detached from reality. Street names - Special K, K, Ket, Kitkat, super K
Ketamine is a white crystalline powder that can be made into tablets or pills, or dissolved in liquid. Ketamine is usually swallowed, snorted or injected. It is also sometimes smoked with other substances such as cannabis or tobacco.
The effects of ketamine include:
- Thought disorders
- Out of body experiences
- Aphrodisiac effects
- Chest pain
- Temporary paralysis
- Bad trips
- Nausea and Vomiting
Tolerance and dependence
Tolerance to ketamine can develop very quickly, with people needing more and more to achieve the same euphoric and psychedelic effects.
There is evidence that people who regularly use ketamine can develop a psychological dependence. People who are psychologically dependent on ketamine experience cravings. They may feel compelled to use ketamine to function effectively or feel good in certain situations-such as at a dance parties and raves.
Treatment is more effective if tailored to suit a person's circumstances, and usually involves a combination of counselling, group therapy, medication and supervised detox/withdrawal.
Source of information: DrugInfo Clearinghouse - Australian Drug Foundation
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