Ketamine is a hallucinogenic dissociative normally sold on the street as a grainy white powder How it looks, tastes and smells What does it look like? Ketamine tastes bitter and unpleasant. How do people take it?
Ketamine is used in medicine as an anesthetic for humans and animals. By snorting it as a powder Most people who take powder ketamine will snort it. In the UK, snorting is the most common way to take ketamine.
By injecting it People who regularly use ketamine sometimes inject it to get a bigger hit. They usually inject ketamine into a muscle. By swallowing it as a tablet Some people swallow it in tablet form, but this is less common.
How it feels How does it make you feel? Ketamine is a general anaesthetic so it reduces sensations in the body. Trips can last for a couple of hours.
This feels like your mind and body have separated and you can't to do anything about it — which can be cat very scary experience. Regular ketamine use can cause: agitation damage to short- and long-term memory depression, if taken frequently How does it make people behave? It can make people seem slower, more relaxed and chilled out, but it can also stop people from being able to move properly and from making sense.
To kick in When snorted, ketamine normally takes about 15 minutes to take effect. When taken orally, it will take longer, around 20 minutes to an hour. How long it cyat The buzz can last around for 30 minutes to an hour, but the effects really depend on how much you take. After effects People may feel down and low in mood for a few days after using ketamine.
How long will it be detectable? Ketamine can be detected in a urine test for several days after taking it. How long a drug can be detected for depends on how much is taken and which testing kit is used. This is only a general guide.
The risks Physical health risks Ketamine is a very powerful anesthetic that can cause serious harm. Taking ketamine can be fatal, particularly if it is mixed with other drugs. Ketamine can increase your heart rate and blood pressure.
It can make you confused, agitated, delirious and disconnected from reality. It can make you feel sick, and it can cause damage to your short- and cyat memory.
Because you don't feel pain properly when you've recently taken ketamine, you can injure yourself and not know you've done it. Ketamine can cause serious bladder problems, with the urgent and frequent need to pee. This can be very painful and the pee can be blood-stained. Although stopping using ketamine can help, sometimes the damage can be v serious that the bladder needs surgical repair or even removal.
The urinary tract, from the kidneys down to the bladder, can also be affected and incontinence uncontrolled peeing may also develop. Evidence of liver damage due to regular, heavy ketamine use is emerging. The liver has a range of important functions, such as cleaning your blood and removing toxic substances. Mental health risks The longer term effects of ketamine use can include flashbacks, memory loss and problems bb concentration.
Regular use can cause depression and, occasionally, psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations. Ketamine can also make existing mental health problems worse.
Interestingly, medical grade ketamine is now being researched as a potential treatment for severe depression, but it is too early to know the of this research. What is ketamine cut with?
Mixing Is it dangerous to mix with other drugs? Yes, every time you mix drugs you take on new risks.
You could also choke, especially if you vomit. Ketamine cnat also be very dangerous when mixed with ecstasy or amphetamine speedas it can cause high blood pressure.
If you take lots of ketamine and mix it with other drugs you could die. Addiction Can you get addicted? Others will attend drug treatment services to help them stop. There are no physical withdrawal symptoms with ketamine, so ketamine addiction is sometimes called a psychological dependence. Possession can get you up to 5 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.
Supplying someone else, even your friends, can get you up to 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both. Like drink-driving, driving when high is dangerous and illegal. If the police catch people supplying illegal drugs in a home, club, bar or hostel, they can potentially prosecute the landlord, club owner or any other person concerned in the management of the premises.
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