What is Special K?
Ketamine, also known as Special K ( or "K"), was originally created for use as a human anesthetic, and is still used as a general anesthetic for children, persons of poor health, and in veterinary medicine. Special K belongs to a class of drugs called "dissociative anesthetic," which separate perception from sensation. Other drugs in this category include PCP, DXM and nitrous oxide (laughing gas). Special K usually comes as a liquid, and is most often cooked into a white powder for snorting. However, it may also be swallowed or injected into a muscle.
What are the effects?
At lower doses, special K creates a mild, dreamy feeling similar to nitrous oxide. Users report feeling “floaty” and slightly outside their body. Nausea and numbness in the extremities are also common. Higher doses produce a hallucinogenic effect, and may cause the user to feel very far away from their body. This experience is often referred to as entering a "K-hole" and has been compared to a near death experience with sensations of rising above one's body. While under the influence of Special K, people tend to find it very difficult to move. Motor skills are extremely impaired which leaves the individual vulnerable.
Is Special K addictive?
Yes, the dissociation from one's consciousness experienced with special K can be highly addictive to some people.
What are the risks behind Special K?
Low doses of Special K can increase heart rate. At higher doses it depresses consciousness and breathing and is extremely dangerous to combine with depressants such as alcohol, valium or GHB. Frequent use can cause disruptions in consciousness and lead to neuroses or other psychological disorders. Special K can cause a tremendous psychological dependence. Special K is illegal and possession can result in long prison terms.
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