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+ Pleasant body high
+ Increased energy
+ Analgesia, numbness
+ Ataxia (loss of motor coordination)
+ Increased heart rate
+ Slurred speech
+ Nasal discomfort after snorting
+ Discomfort, pain or numbness at
  injection site (with IM)
+ Increased salivation

+ Nausea and vomiting
+ Susceptibility to accidents
+ Loss  consciousness
+ Increased or decreased blood
+ Reduced heart rate
+ Reduced breathing rate
+ Possible lower urinary tract
+ Headache
+ Seizures


+ Euphoria
+ Meaningful spiritual experiences
+ Loss of sensory perception
+ Enhanced sense of
connection with the world
+ Disconnection from the world

+ A peculiar feeling of loneliness

+ Sense of calm and serenity
+ Pleasant mental high
+ Distortion or loss of sensory perceptions (common)
+ Open and closed eye visuals
+ Change in perception of time
+ Confusion, disorientation
+ Amnesia
+ Sever confusion
+ Paranoia
+ Nightmares

+ Delirium



+ Stimulants = may be able to drink more but may increase risk of alcohol poisoning

+ Alcohol = nausea and vomiting, at low doses. It can lead to more serious effects at higher doses

+ GHB (and other depressants including alcohol and benzos e.g. valium) = combining depressants can cause difficulty breathing and respiratory failure which can lead to death

+ It is not recommended to use ketamine if you suffer (or have suffered) from: Increased spinal fluid pressure, increased pressure in the eye, head trauma or injury bleeding in the brain, eye injury, heart problems, severe or uncontrolled high blood pressure, thyroid problems, or recent stroke


Information provided by Harm Reduction Victoria's DanceWize program

+ It is best not to eat within 11⁄2 hours prior to using ketamine as it can cause nausea and vomiting

+ Try to use with friends

+ It is best to have a sober friend or experienced user present

+ Use in a safe and comfortable place

+ Try to remain seated or lie down during the experience



+ Snort water before and after to avoid damaging the protective lining in your nose

+ Use your own straw to prevent risk of BBV (blood borne viruses) transmission via tiny amounts of blood

+ A clean straw is preferable to a rolled note - money is unhygienic


+ It is much safer to use IM (injecting into muscle) rather than IV (injecting into a vein) due to serious risk of vein damage (collapse)

+ Intravenous use of ketamine can also present a greater risk as it comes on so quickly - you don’t want to drop into a K-Hole with a needle hanging out of your arm!


+ Make sure all equipment is new and sterile

+ Lubricate the syringe to avoid tearing skin

+ Use sterile water to mix with crystal/powdered ketamine

+ Wash your hands thoroughly before and after

+ Find a discreet and safe place to do it

+ Depending on administration and purity, a standard dose of ketamine is anywhere from 15 to 300mg.
Because of this huge variation, it is best to:

+ Start with a very small amount to test strength

+ Give it plenty of time to work

+ Due to the potency of ketamine, it is commonly used in small doses (bumps) rather than one large amount, such as a line

+ If injecting, IM (intramuscular) is much safer than IV (intravenous) (See Safer Use Tips)

+ A well- known effect of ketamine at higher-range doses is the ‘K-hole’, where the user is removed from reality and set adrift in an introspective dream-like world, often involving complete dissociation, immersive visuals and out-of-body experiences.



Total Duration:



Coming Down:

After Effects:

45 - 60 hours

5 - 15 minutes

20 - 60 minutes

30 - 60 minutes

1 - 3 hours

+ Ketamine will remain active for another 3 hours after the effects have worn off.

+ Roadside drug test: While ketamine itself cannot be detected using a saliva test, the powder can be easily cut with other substances (such as speed) which may be detectable



+ Most commonly snorted but can be swallowed, injected and plugged (administered rectally using a syringe without needle)

Ketamine is a dissociative anaesthetic used primarily for veterinary anaesthesiology. Ketamine is liquid in its original form but it is commonly sold as a white powder for recreational use. Because Ketamine is a dissociative substance, the psychedelic experience is different to many other psychedelic substances. People who use Ketamine can find themselves completely disconnected from their surroundings, their body and sensations.



+ K, Special K, Ket, Vitamin K, Kit Kat, K-hole