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The drug Ketamine was developed by Parke-Davis (now part of Pfizer) in 1962 for use in human and veterinary medicine.  It is widely used as a general anaesthesia drug.

The recreational version of Ketamine which is illegal comes from diverted or stolen supplies primarily due to veterinary clinics.  Ketamine can also be illegally made in basic laboratories.

Ketamine has been adopted by the UK clubscene, looking for a different high to ecstasy which many believe does not contain enough mdma or for people looking for a more trippy experience.   Some times the drugs were combined.  Some types of Ecstasy known as "Strawberry" contained some claimed a "potentially dangerous combination of Ketamine, ephedrine and selegiline", as did a consignment of "Sitting Duck" Ecstasy tablets.

Ketamine is mainly sold in its powder form to be inhaled.   This is often referred to "Sniff the meen".   Lines are chopped out with a credit card in nightclub toilets like cocaine.  The powder form can also be injected.  Heavy users prefer this method as the high it concentrated and less of the compound is wasted.

Ketamine can also be eaten in crystal form or drunk in liquid form sometimes in other drinks.  It can also be smoked in a joint or pipe.   Oral use usually requires more material, but results in a longer trip. However, when administered orally, Ketamine is rapidly metabolised to norketamine, which possesses sedating effects; this route of administration is unlikely to produce a dissociative state characteristic of Ketamine unless very high doses are ingested.

Psychological effects

Ketamine effects are similar to DMX and PCP.  Its effects are very short.  60 minutes of hallucinations are typical when inhaled or injected or 2 hours if swallowed.  At low doses, hallucinations are only seen when one is in a dark room with one's eyes closed, while at medium to high doses the effects are far more intense and obvious.

Ketamine produces a dissociative state, characterised by a sense of detachment from one's physical body and the external world which is known as depersonalization and derealization.

At high doses users may experience what is coined the "k-hole", a dissociated effect.  Users can experience different dimension or feeling of being in a different world.  Others loses the ability to identify individuals or the external world.  Users have reported intense hallucinations including visual hallucinations, perceptions of falling, fast and gradual movement and flying, 'seeing God', feeling connected to other users, objects and the cosmos, experiencing psychic connections, and shared hallucinations and thoughts with adjacent users.

Users may feel as though their perceptions are located so deep inside the mind that the real world seems distant (hence the use of a "hole" to describe the experience). Some Ketamine users may not remember this part of the experience after regaining consciousness, in the same way that a person may forget a dream.

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