You may be wondering what ketamine does to the body and the mind, and this is largely dependent on the amount taken, and the regularity of this. This resource will explain some of the effects that ketamine has on both the brain and the body, and what can happen if ketamine is mixed with other substances.
All about ketamine
Firstly, what is ketamine?
The leading independent scientific body on drugs in the UK (Drug Science) calls ketamine a ‘dissociative anaesthetic’. Medically, ketamine is said to block pain signals, but the dosages taken for recreational purposes can produce different effects.
Does dosage matter?
Yes – ketamine can lead to different effects depending on how much is taken. Want to know how ketamine can make you feel? When it is taken for recreational use, it can lead to hallucination effects, which is thought to be similar to the experiences of people suffering from schizophrenia. Ketamine is a strong drug, and more could be taken than intended.
Let’s look at the effects of ketamine at a low or moderate dose:
- Sensations of lightness (imagine walking on the moon)
- Different thought patterns (muddled, random)
- Changed sensations of sight and sound
With a higher does, ketamine can lead to:
- Difficult movement or ability to stand
- Feeling like the body and mind are separated
- Delusional thoughts
- K-holing (a user may be in an unresponsive state to others, but be having vivid hallucinations