Powder ketamine

Powder Ketamine (ketamine hydrochloride) is a white powder, usually sold in ‘bumps’ or grams. A ‘bump’ is a small amount of powder that is snorted through a small glass inhaler called a bumper. Ketamine can also be swallowed, smoked, or injected.

What is Powder Ketamine?

Ketamine is also known as K, KET, special K, vitamin K, or horse tranquilizer.

Ketamine is commonly used by veterinarians to sedate animals such as horses. As with all drugs sold in powder form, ketamine may also be sold ‘cut’ (mixed) with other white powder substances which may or may not be harmful-people using this drug can never be 100% sure of what they’re getting.

What are the effects of Ketamine?

If snorted or ‘bumped’, ketamine takes effect within 5-10 minutes (longer if swallowed). Its effects can last for a couple of hours.

The effects of ketamine vary, but may include:

Immediate Long-term
Increased heart rate and body temperature Dependence
Drowsiness Problems with memory, attention, and decision-making
The feeling of euphoria (a ‘high’) Mental health problems
Loss of coordination Ulcerative cystitis – symptoms include frequent and painful urination, cramps, and involuntary urination.
Slurred speech Intense abdominal pains are known as ‘K-cramps’
Feeling dizzy or faint Kidney problems
Confusion and disorientation
Numbness and a feeling of paralysis
Nausea and vomiting
Anxiety and panic attacks
Hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that aren’t really there)
Paranoia (feeling extremely suspicious and frightened)
Psychosis (see glossary)
An experience is known as the ‘K-hole’ which is the feeling of being trapped in a state of detachment. This can be frightening
Powder Ketamine
Powder Ketamine

Evidence Base

This fact sheet was developed following an expert review by researchers at the Matilda Center for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use at the University of Sydney, the National Drug & Alcohol Research Center at the University of New South Wales, and the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University.

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