Ketamine crystal is a Schedule III drug, which means it is approved for use as an anesthetic in hospitals and other medical settings. It is safe and effective when used in a controlled medical setting, but it also has the potential for misuse and addiction.
Drug Class: Ketamine crystal is an NMDA receptor antagonist. It has anesthetic, dissociative, and hallucinogenic effects.
Common Side Effects: Ketamine crystal can have side effects including elevated blood pressure, tremors, hallucinations, confusion, and agitation.
What Does ketamine crystal Do?
In medical settings, ketamine is given intravenously to induce and maintain anesthesia.1 When used recreationally, it can be ingested by mouth in pill or capsule form. In liquid form, it can be injected into a vein, consumed in beverages, or added to smokable materials. Some people also inject the drug intramuscularly.
The effects of ketamine are similar to PCP, but not as severe and with a shorter duration. People who use ketamine describe the high as a pleasant sensation of floating or a dissociative state of being separated from their bodies. The drug can produce hallucinogenic-like effects, lasting a short period of time, from one to two hours.
Common Side Effects of ketamine crystal
Some of the common short-term side effects that people experience include:
- Visual disturbances
- Confusion and disorientation8
- Increased heart rate
- Elevated blood pressure
- Nausea and vomiting
Depending on the dosage, some can experience these more severe side effects of ketamine:
- Severe allergic reaction
- Hypotension and heart rhythm abnormalities
- Difficulty talking
- Abnormal movements
- Slowed or depressed breathing8
Signs of Use of ketamine
Some of the signs that someone might be using ketamine include:
- Changes in sleep habits
- Mood changes9
- Difficulty speaking
- Memory problems9
- Presence of drug paraphernalia
How Long Does ketamine crystal Stay in Your System?
Ketamine has a half-life of approximately three hours10, which means that it takes approximately 14 to 18 hours for the drug to be eliminated from a person’s system. The exact range of time, however, depends on a variety of factors including how much of the drug was used as well as the individual’s body mass, hydration levels, and metabolism.