Ketamine Abuse Side Effects
Ketamine is a drug that is taken via injection. Once injected, this drug takes 1-5 minutes to produce an effect. The snorted form of Ketamine can take up to 15 minutes before its effects are felt. The effect of oral Ketamine can be felt 30 minutes after intake, depending on the amount of food in the stomach and how much time has passed since the food was taken in. The main effects of Ketamine can be felt 45 minutes after consumption, and are likely to last for over 24 hours.
Hallucinations are one of the effects that result from the intake of Ketamine. This is a result of the blocking of the sensory input of the brain. The brain is blocked resulting in blurred visions and dreams. When someone takes this drug, they may experience visual distortions. Many people may lose their sense of time and identity, as well as their sense of direction. Once they ingest it, they may feel as though they are out of themselves, and experience a loss of coordination between mind and body.
Other potential side effects of abusing Ketamine are euphoria, fear and paranoia, and confusion. Just like with the intake of any illicit drug, intake of Ketamine will result in loss of normal sensations.
Senses of smell and taste will become muted. Users may be unable to identify different tastes. The senses of touch and visual perception are also muted. Blurred vision will result. Things may seem to be floating away from the user. In some situations, the drug may produce a sensation of numbness.
The use of Ketamine has proved to result in profound physical and mental problems such as amnesia, impaired motor function and respiratory complications. Other symptoms that may arise include paranoia and panic. Users of this drug may experience paralysis and loss of the ability to speak, or, if they are able to speak, their words may be slurred. The fact that this medication renders users unconsciousness may lead to physical injury without them being aware of what is happening. Users of this drug can experience hallucinations and dreams. Eating or drinking before taking this drug will result in vomiting.
Long-term Ketamine users have reported flashbacks and experiences of hallucinations, loss of memory and impaired vision. It is also likely to reduce the life span of users. Regular use of this drug has proved to result in disruption of consciousness leading to mental disorders. Increased heart rate is also a sign of Ketamine abuse. This can be fatal, especially in users who have other complications such as blood pressure and cardiovascular problems.