Ketamine generally is a dissociative anesthetic drug that can distort a person’s perceptions of sight and sound. A person senses feeling of detachment from the environment and from one’s self. In low doses, ketamine results in impaired learning, memory, and attention. At higher doses, it can initiate hallucinations and takes a person into a dreamlike state of mind.
The use of ketamine, as a veterinary analgesic, started when it was patented in Belgium in 1963. Consequent testing on people started in 1964 where it was found that ketamine produces minor psychedelic symptoms. In 1965, it was resolved that ketamine could be a safer analgesic to administer to people and all through the historical backdrop of ketamine, it has been demonstrated to have numerous important applications in medicine. Today, it is utilized as a sedative for kids and adults undergoing minor surgeries, however, its principle reason for existing is for veterinary usage, in view of the psychedelic impacts it might deliver in people. In the 1970s, ketamine became increasingly available for illicit use. Its powder, capsules, injectable solutions, and crystals were found in the illegal drug market. The use of ketamine at the parties and raves is quite common today and despite its differences with MDMA (Molly/Ecstasy), it is often sold as a Ecstasy. Because of the rapid rise of its abuse, usage, and availability, numerous governments have scheduled ketamine and labeled it as dangerous.
Ketamine is readily available to the blood stream when take and induces an abrupt high that lasts for more than an hour. The effects start after 2-5 minutes after the dose has been taken. In an inject able form, it only takes 30 seconds to take effect on the body. The first feeling of high as characterized by users is an overwhelming feeling of relaxation. The following are possible unwanted short-term effects of ketamine.
- Disorientation and Confusion
- Increased heart rate
- Elevated blood pressure
It is very hard to tell the long term side-effects of ketamine because of its excess interactions in the body which are very unpredictable. When a person is coming down from ketamine, it’s hard for them to tell whether they’ve injured themselves, as this drug reduces or eliminates pain. As a result people often end up hurting themselves. The long-term effects include severe abdominal pain which is due to the thickening of the bladder and urinary tract. This can force the users to have their bladders removed as it becomes very difficult for them to pass urine. In addition to this, the abuser suffers from various kidney disorders.
Because of how pleasant the feeling of being high on ketamine can be, it can lead to serious dependence.
Ketamine Test Kit
The following test kit can detect the presence of ketamine in a sample.