Ketamine and its Devastating Effects
Ketamine is an extremely powerful anesthetic. It can be used as a general anesthetic meaning that it can be used to put people completely under so that they can be operated on. Although Ketamine can be used on humans, legally it is mostly used in Veterinary medicine when animals have to be operated on.
Rapidly Acting Drug
Ketamine is a very rapidly acting drug. It is also known to be a dissociation anesthetic since it has a power to make its users feel a sense of spiritual detachment, as if their own mind was being separated from the rest of their body.
For ordinary commercial use, Ketamine is in liquid form. However, it is a widely abused drug and on the street it is most often sold as a powder. The powder then can be dissolved in any liquid, but it can be also snorted, or even smoked in a handmade cigarette. Some drug abusers like to inject Ketamine directly into their muscle tissue. If it is injected directly into a blood vein, it can cause loss of consciousness in a very short period of time.
Ketamine Has No Strong Odor or Taste
Because the drug itself does not have any strong odor or taste, it is extremely dangerous, especially to unsuspecting victims. Since it can paralyze its victims, it is often used to commit sexual assaults as it is often used as a date rape drug of choice. Ketamine works by affecting brain cells, and the speed at which it becomes functional can vary greatly. If the drug is snorted, its effects can be felt within one to ten minutes. Effects can last for around sixty minutes. However, if the drug is taken orally, effects are felt gradually for a longer period of time and can end up lasting up to four hours.
The effects of the drug can be highly unpredictable. They differ from one person to another. It is found that, among other factors, effects of the drug depend on the age and weight of its user, medical condition, users own mood and expectations, the dosage used and how it is used, the frequency at which it has been repeatedly used, and if it is used with other prescription as well as non-prescription drugs.
Users taking this club drug can experience vivid dreams and hallucinations which can be of a very terrifying nature. Thus, when used medically, it is often combined with anti-hallucinating drugs to minimize its bad side effect.
Ketamine can also produce a drunken-like, dizzy sort of feeling. Some of its users describe it as creating an almost near death sensation. It has a number of very dangerous and worrisome side effects.
Side Effects of Ketamine
- Confusion and Loss of Coordination
- Blurred Vision
- Inability to Speak Even a Single Word
- Elevated, as well as Severe Form of Fever
- General Feeling of Nausea
- Elevated Heart Rate
- High Blood Pressure
Even long after the drug wears off, its users can feel extreme anxiety and a loss of memory. Ketamine long-term effects are also linked to permanent bladder and urination problems, all of which makes it a very dangerous drug indeed.