There is a drug used medicinally to bring on and maintain anaesthesia. It puts people in a trance-like state to provide sedation and pain relief. The substance is widely used in veterinary medicine, particularly associated with the treatment of horses. It also has a whole other function, where it is taken as a recreational drug. It has become a powerful force in the party and club world, with often dark undertones. It is the drug called Ketamine.
It was discovered in the early sixties and, following approval for use in the USA, was utilised as an anaesthetic, treating wounded soldiers in the Vietnam war. Ketamine is available as generic medication under the brand name Ketalar.
The drug is an NMDA receptor antagonist, a type of anaesthetic employed to restrain or antagonise the N-Methyl-D-aspartate receptor, otherwise known as NMDAR. It is an amino acid by-product serving as an agonist, a chemical binding to the NMDA receptor, causing a biological response. Ketamine, when used correctly and medically, can be a valuable resource in treatment. However, if misused or abused as a recreational drug, it can have devastating consequences. It could lead to addiction, with ramifications for both your physical and psychological health.
You should be aware Ketamine was recently changed from a class C to a class B controlled substance. It is against the law to be in possession of the drug. You could receive an unlimited fine and up to 5 years in prison. You could also get a fine and a 14-year sentence if you are caught selling it.
Ketamine is known by various street names such as `Vitamin K` Special K, Kit Kat or Purple. The drug comes in many forms, from a pill or liquid to a white powder and can be administered through injection, ingestion or indeed taken as a powder. The substance is noted for its dissociative characteristics, which have seen it regarded by some as a date rape drug, It can make a person feel detached from their own body as if they have lost all control. They can suffer a loss in physical sensation and short-term paralysis, even the ability to speak, leaving them vulnerable to attack.
However, it is the feeling of detachment which many people look for when they take Ketamine. The substance is a depressant, but it can bring on a state of euphoria and make you feel chilled out and relaxed. However, it is a short-acting drug, which is invariably compared to LSD, due to its dangerous and unpredictable side effects. These extend from both high and low blood pressure to slurred speech, vomiting, nausea and trouble breathing. Ketamine can also block a person’s ability to feel pain and affect their motor coordination, so they could harm themselves without even knowing it.
Taking the drug can lead to acute abdominal pain in the stomach, as well as long-term damage to the bladder and urinary tract that it even inspired the name of a condition. Users can suffer from Ketamine bladder syndrome, where they are beset by incontinence to such an extent they can pass blood and develop ulcers in their bladder.
If you consume the drug orally, you may experience hallucinations. It is a terrifying proposition, along with the fact Ketamine can create a feeling of detachment replicating a near-death experience. It is a process sometimes called “entering the k-hole” with possible life-threatening consequences. It can be even more hazardous when you combine Ketamine with alcohol and drugs like heroin, ecstasy or amphetamines.
If you take Ketamine, it can result in heart problems, unconsciousness and choking. A user, partially paralysed, may be incapable of clearing their airway, leading to a fatal case of aspiration.
There are also numerous psychological and emotional symptoms. You could experience changes in mood, depression and memory loss, along with feeling confused, disorientated and agitated.
There is furthermore an increased risk of overdose with Ketamine as its ingredients and how much to take can be hard to monitor. The drug, when consumed as a powder, is often mixed with comparatively harmless ingredients like sugar or talcum powder, but it can also be combined with something more dangerous, such as drain cleaner or acetaminophen, which can prove fatal.
This is an overview of the effect taking ketamine can have on your health and well-being, highlighting the need to give up. If you do decide to stop taking Ketamine, you will have to undergo the inevitable withdrawal. It can be difficult, but you can get the help you need.
Choose from the right drug rehab to suit your needs from inpatient detox therapy to outpatient treatment in a residential clinic. You will be supervised by highly trained medical professionals who will oversee your custom-tailored detox, providing you with the utmost assistance during withdrawal.
If you wish to say goodbye to Ketamine addiction once and for all, then take that first step by choosing a detox rehabilitation programme. It could be the most important decision of your life.
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