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What is it?
Ketamine (also called “K”, “Keta”, “Special K” or “Vitamin K”) is an anesthetic and painkiller that is also used in medicine. In 2019, S-ketamine was approved in the EU as a nasal spray (Spravato®) for the treatment of otherwise treatment-resistant depression and the acute treatment of psychiatric emergencies related to depression. Ketamine can come from both medical and private/illegal manufacturing.
Ketamine can come in a variety of forms:
- as a clear, liquid solution from medical production
- as nasel-spray from medical production
- as a whitish or yellowish crystalline powder
- less often in pill-form
There are two different chemical forms of ketamine: ketamine (racemate) and S-ketamine. S-ketamine has twice the effect of ketamine and should only be dosed half as much.
|Ketamine (racemate) (e.g. trade name Ketanest®)
|S-ketamine (e.g. trade names Ketanest-S® or Ketamine-)S®.
|1:1 mixture of S-ketamine and R-ketamine – less potent than S-ketamine
|is obtained from ketamine by separating R- and S-ketamine, significantly stronger anesthetic and analgesic effect produces less frequent unpleasant hallucinations or nightmares.
Illegally traded ketamine is often subject to strong fluctuations in active ingredient content and may be mixed with other substances and extenders. Even apparent medical products may be altered or stretched.
How is it taken?
Ketamine can be dissolved in a drink or swallowed (“bomb”), snorted, and injected. Usually, ketamine is snorted or swallowed in powder form.
The following applies to all dose information: S-ketamine should only be dosed half as high!
The effect occurs after about 5-15 minutes and lasts for about 60 minutes. After-effects (feeling of weakness) may persist for 1-3 hours after consumption.
Dosage: A common dose is approximately 0.3 to 0.4 mg per kg body weight.
Eine Überdosierung kann ab 2 mg pro kg Körpergewicht erfolgen.
The onset of action can take 20 minutes, depending on the stomach contents, and lasts for about 90 minutes. After-effects may persist for 4-8 hours after consumption.
Dosage: A common dose is 1.2 to 1.5 mg per kg body weight.
An overdose can occur from 5mg per kg body weight.
If possible, only medicinally available solutions should be used.
The effect is immediate, duration of action is 30-60 minutes. After-effects may continue for 2-4 hours.
Dosage: A common dose intravenously is approximately 0.6 mg per kg body weight.
For intramuscular consumption, approximately 0.9 mg per kg body weight.
(Sources: Ketamin / drugscouts.de)
How does it feel?
Every substance has a different effect on different people. The effect of ketamine depends on personal factors (body mass, habituation, type of drink, amount ingested, on a full or empty stomach, …). The setting and your mental and physical condition play an important role.
When illegally manufactured substances are consumed, it is usually not known how much active ingredient is present in a drug or parts of it. This makes accurate dosing difficult and increases the likelihood that you will experience effects you did not intend.
If you’re on ketamine, it can feel like:
- Less sensation of pain
- Altered perception
- decreased body control, paralysis
- Impression that your body and mind are separating (dissociation, ego dissolution)
- visions, hallucinations, dreams
- Feeling of stepping out of one’s own body or being deep in a hole (“K-Hole”).
In the K-Hole you can still perceive your surroundings (limited), but you can no longer control your body. With the naked eye, it is impossible to tell from the outside if someone is in a K-Hole, asleep, temporarily unconscious, or if it is a life-threatening emergency.
Side effects and long-term impact
When doing ketamine, the following side-effects can occur:
- heightened pulse
- Nausea, Vomiting
- slowed down breathing
- Restriction of mobility, paralysis
- emotional sensation is muted
- Severe drowsiness
- Anxieties (e.g.: by experiencing the “K-Hole”)
- near death experiences
After consumption, it is likely that you will feel physically weak for some time. Also, you may not be able to remember everything.
If you consume continuously over a longer period of time, long-term side effects increasingly occur. This may include:
- Functional disorders and diseases of the urinary tract (such as cystitis).
- Gastrointestinal complaints
- Lack of concentration, memory problems
- depression or different mental problems.
- It is believed that long-term and high-dose ketamine use can cause permanent organ damage.
Consequences of a ketamine overdose include:
- Paralysis, seizures
- Spontaneous unconsciousness (sometimes with eyes open)
- slowed breathing up to respiratory arrest (possibly also with intravenous consumption)
- epileptic seizures
- near death experiences
In the case of apparent unconsciousness, it is not possible to distinguish from the outside whether the person is currently in the K-Hole, merely asleep, or it is a life-threatening emergency. Provide first aid, monitor breathing and stay with the person. Get medical help and call an emergency ambulance 112!
You can also contact the following:
Drug emergency telephone: 01806 313031 (24 hours) Drug emergency service: 030 19237 (24 hours)
Basically, if you take several substances at the same time, it puts more strain on your body and psyche. Individual effects can be intensified, weakened or delayed. The likelihood of overdose or side effects cannot be calculated.
- Ketamine + alcohol, GHB/GBL, heroin, benzos or neuroleptics: Avoid combination if possible. High risk of respiratory paralysis, respiratory arrest!
- Ketamine + upper/stimulants, e.g. speed, crystal meth or cocaine: cardiovascular stress increases extremely. The combination of stimulants and sedatives is usually experienced as unpleasant; stimulants increase the urge to move – combined with the paralysis and decreased body control due to ketamine, accidents or injuries can quickly occur.
- Ketamine + MDMA: The mode of action of both substances work in opposite ways (anesthetize + enhance sensory perceptions). At high doses of ketamine, the combination is described as very unpleasant.
Addiction potential and withdrawal
- At high doses of ketamine, the combination is described as very unpleasant. This means you have to take more and more to feel the same effect.
You can counteract a habituation effect with longer consumption breaks.
- It is possible to develop a psychological dependence – if you use daily, that increases the likelihood.
- There is currently no evidence that ketamine causes physical dependence.
- When you stop using after a long time, you will probably feel a strong craving for the drug. In addition, the patient may experience psychological symptoms such as depression, anxiety, jitteriness, and sleep disturbances.
- Some long-term users report physical symptoms such as motor impairment, tremors, dizziness, and exhaustion after cessation of use.
- Self-organized “cold turkey” withdrawal or controlled use (without medical consultation or supervision) can be physically and psychologically stressful. Find out which hospitals in your area offer medically supervised detox/addiction treatment and get support.
- If possible, take advantage of drugchecking offers or test a small amount at first. Illegally traded ketamine is often subject to strong fluctuations in active ingredient content and might be mixed with other substances and extenders. This makes accurate dosing difficult and makes it impossible to predict what the effect will be.
- If you swallow ketamine, the effect may be greatly delayed. Wait until the effect unfolds and do not add more!
- Always measure your own dose. Do not transfer the responsibility for this to others. That way, you’re guaranteed to stay on top of things.
- It is never okay to administer substances to other people without their knowledge and consent! You endanger the life of a person and are liable to prosecution. If you observe such a situation, get help and protect the person concerned.
- Wait at least an hour after eating before taking ketamine. Increased nausea may occur. In the state of full intoxication, you lose control over your body. In case of vomiting, it can be easier to choke on it.
- Under no circumstances should food or drink be consumed while intoxicated with ketamine. Ketamine disrupts the motor function of the mouth and throat. Swallowing or cramping in the larynx may occur – suffocation, respiratory or cardiac arrest are possible consequences.
- Consume in the company of people you trust. Ideally, there should be a sober person with you who can provide assistance in an emergency. When using ketamine, narcotic states are likely; this means you lose touch with reality, and can barely move or speak at all.
- Make sure the environment is quiet and familiar. Due to the narcotic effect of ketamine, it is not a party drug. Consumption should be planned and prepared in principle.
- Keep as calm as possible while under the influence of ketamine. Due to lack of body control, movement (e.g. dancing) can lead to accidents and injuries more quickly. Injuries are also more likely to be misjudged because of the lack of pain sensation.
- A ketamine experience can be stressful. Allow yourself enough time to process the experience and recover after consumption.
- If you feel unsafe or uncomfortable, refrain from consumption. The hallucinations and perceptual changes under ketamine can be very intense and perceived as distressing.
- Do not consume in case of hypertension, heart disorders, glaucoma, epilepsy, depression, hyperthyroidism, angina pectoris or (latent) psychosis.
- Avoid mixed use with alcohol and benzodiazepines, GHB, heroin, or tilidine, as all of these substances depress the respiratory center. There is a risk of respiratory arrest.
- Refrain from responsible activities under the influence of ketamine (e.g., driving a car/bicycle). You should not go swimming or bathing while under the influence of ketamine – risk of drowning.
- Ketamine relaxes the muscles in the ass, which is why it is popular for fisting. Ketamine reduces the sensation of pain. Injuries can occur during high-injury sex practices, which increases the risk of contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (especially hepatitis).
- Ketamine can be disinhibiting and cause you to pay less attention to safe sex while intoxicated. This increases the risk of infection with HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
- Sex and Ketamine works only with mutual consent and great trust. Clarify in advance which sex practices are wanted by both and which are not.
- Consume only so much that you can defend yourself or still recognize the defensive signals of your partner.
- Have sex only with people who can express their will! If a person is so high that he or she is no longer able to converse, he or she is also incapable of giving consent. Under no circumstances may sexual acts be (further) performed on them. This is true even if mutual intentions were previously discussed while conscious. It is a criminal offense.
- Before getting down to business, get sufficient amounts of sex utensils (gloves, condoms, lubricant) ready.
- Get tested for sexually transmitted infections at least once a year and check your hepatitis A/B vaccination status.
- Pay attention to your body! If you notice any abnormalities on your dick, front hole or ass, you should see a doctor.
Interactions with HIV treatment
- Booster drugs (Norvir®, Tybost®) slow the breakdown of ketamine. This may cause ketamine to work harder or longer and cause increased side effects.
- Take drugs and HIV medications in a staggered manner. This may reduce interactions somewhat. Dosiere Drogen bei gleichzeitiger Einnahme von Medikamenten immer niedrig.
- Often a night can last a long time, take enough medication with you and keep to the time you take it.
- Talk to your doctor about the interaction of your HIV medications with intoxicants.
- For information on interactions between substances and HIV medications, click here.
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- You feel that you consume too much? The drug advice services in your area will be happy to help you!
- Ketamin – sauber drauf! mindzone.info
- Ketamin | drugscouts.de
- Ketamin – ein Narkosemittel als Partydroge “Special K” | Die Techniker (tk.de)
- Ketamin – drugcom
- Ketamin (chemie.de)Harm related to recreational ketamine use and its relevance for the clinical use of ketamine. A systematic review and comparison study: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety: Vol 21, No 1 (tandfonline.com) “It has been noted that ketamine, when used chronically and daily in higher doses, may result in neurotoxicity with impaired cognition (memory, learning, and executive functions), cystitis (‘ketamine bladder’) and a phenomenon known as ‘K cramps,’ consisting of symptoms ranging from vague to intense abdominal pain [23–28] and urological toxicity .