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What is ketamine? 

Ketamine hydrochloride is an anaesthetic drug used by veterinarians and medical professionals. 

The drug has hallucinogenic effects, which means that it changes thinking, perception of time and emotions, and seeing or hearing things that are distorted, or that do not exist at all.

Some people use ketamine to get 'high'. It has also been used in drink spiking.


Other names

Special K, K, ket, kitkat or super K.


What it looks like

When sold illegally, ketamine is usually a white crystalline powder. It can also be made into tablets and pills, or dissolved in a liquid.


How is it used?

Ketamine can be swallowed, snorted or injected. It is also sometimes smoked with other substances such as cannabis or tobacco.


Effects of ketamine

The effects of any drug vary from person to person. How ketamine affects a person depends on many things including their size, weight and health, also whether the person is used to taking it and whether other drugs are taken around the same time. The effects of any drug also depend on the amount taken.

There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries some risk—even medications can produce unwanted side effects. It is important to be careful when taking any type of drug.


Immediate effects 

The effects of ketamine may be experienced within 30 seconds (if injected) up to 20 minutes (if swallowed) and 5–10 minutes (if snorted). The effects of ketamine can last for approximately 45 to 90 minutes.


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