Drugs 101: Ketamine

Ketamine is a drug used to start and maintain anesthesia, because of its pain killing properties, sedation, memory loss, and trance like effects on users.  It’s sold under the brand name Ketalar, and is a schedule III controlled substance. On top of being a general anesthetic, Ketamine is an NMDA receptor antagonist. Simply stated, ketamine dissociates users, which provides a powerful medical use as a sedative for operations.

When taken in a non-medical setting, the dissociative effects of ketamine are described as nearly psychedelic. Users typically report “out of body” or “near death” experiences on the drug, which many users have coined the “K-hole”. While I’m not one to pass judgment on drug use, don’t take Ketamine if you have a condition that would be made worst by a massive increase in blood pressure, or if you’re currently taking droxidopa.

Ketamine comes in powder and liquid form. The liquid form (picture right) is administered intravenously in a medical setting, and effects begin to take effect within 5 minutes. Ketamine only has a biological half-life of about 2.5-3 hours, making it much shorter last than some of it’s other dissociative family member’s. When insufflated or injected, its psychedelic

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