It’s a powerful general anaesthetic which stops you feeling pain and it’s used for operations on humans and animals. The effects don’t last long, but until they wear off, ketamine can cause a loss of feeling in the body and paralysis of the muscles. It can also lead to you experiencing a distortion of reality.
When used as a medical anaesthetic, ketamine is a liquid, because this makes it easy to inject.
There are a number of ways of taking ketamine:
No method is safe, but injecting is very risky. Injecting any drug and sharing injecting equipment runs the risk of spreading a virus, such as HIV or hepatitis C. There is also the risk that veins may be damaged, which can lead to infections and/or gangrene (death of body tissue) which can result in you losing a finger, toe or a limb.
It’s a general anaesthetic that can produce ‘floaty’ feelings, as if the mind and body have been separated. Other effects include:
Ketamine can increase your heart rate and blood pressure. It can make you confused, agitated, delirious and disconnected from reality. It can make you feel sick, and it can cause damage to your short and long term memory. Other risks include:
On Tuesday 10 June 2014 ketamine changed from a class C to a class B controlled drug. This means that possession of ketamine could now get you up to five years in jail and an unlimited fine, while supplying ketamine to someone else could get you up to 14 years in jail and an unlimited fine.
If the Police catch arrest you with in possession of ketamine, they’ll always take some action. This could be a formal caution, or arrest and possible conviction.
A conviction for a drug-related offence could have a serious impact. It can could make it harder, even impossible, stop you to visiting certain countries – for example the United States – and limit the types of jobs you can apply for.