Ketamine is classified as a dissociative hallucinogenic — which distorts the perception of sights and sounds, as well as emotions and personal identification of self.
In medicine, ketamine is used as an analgesic. It doesn’t directly block pain signals like an opiate — instead, dissociative analgesics disconnect the thalamus from the cortex. When this happens, the body still feels pain, but the brain simply “doesn’t care.” We don’t actually feel bothered by the pain.
In lower doses, the effects of ketamine resemble alcohol intoxication. It causes feelings of mild euphoria, as well as visual and auditory perceptual changes. It makes users feel as though they’re floating or operating on autopilot. Low doses are mildly stimulating and can make users feel more social or energetic.
Higher doses of ketamine feel very different. They can make you feel withdrawn and introverted. People often report feeling very light and floaty and often experience intense hallucinations, blurred vision, and out-of-body experiences.
In very high doses, people experience what’s commonly referred to as a K-hole — which involves strong out-of-body hallucinations. This is a demonstration of the dissociative aspect of ketamine to its fullest extent. Users feel as though they’re perpetually falling into blackness. It’s as if the fabric of time, as well as one’s sense of self is dissolving.
Dosage for insufflation:
Duration for insufflation:
Total: 1-2 hours
Onset: 5-10 mins
Come up: 10-20 mins
Peak: 15-45 mins
Offset: 30-60 mins