Ketamine is a preoperative anesthetic used in veterinary medicine. It is considered a dissociative anesthetic (like PCP) because it causes a user to feel detached from his/her environment.
Ketamine has both analgesic (pain relief) and amnesic (memory loss) properties.
Like GHB and Rohypnol, Ketamine has been used in drug facilitated sexual assaults.
Ketamine rapidly metabolizes in the body and can be difficult to detect with drug tests 48 hours after it has been taken.
Ketamine is illegal in many countries including the United States and is either smuggled in from Mexico or stolen from veterinary clinics.
Effects begin within 5-10 minutes and last 30-60 minutes.
At low doses, 10-20% of normal dose, Ketamine acts like a stimulant
Ketamine is ingested orally, injected, smoked, or snorted.
Signs of Ketamine use: dilated pupils, sweating, slurred speech, disorientation.
Side effects: respiratory depression, nausea, loss of coordination, temporary amnesia, hallucinations, paranoia, coma, and death.
Long term effects: flashbacks, physical tolerance, physical or psychological dependence, vomiting and convulsions, coma and death.