What is it?

Ketamine is a medication primarily used for starting and maintaining anesthesia. It induces dissociative anesthesia, a trance-like state providing pain relief, sedation, and amnesia. The distinguishing features of ketamine anesthesia are preserved breathing and airway reflexes, stimulated heart function with increased blood pressure, and moderate bronchodilation. At lower, sub-anesthetic doses, ketamine is a promising agent for pain and treatment-resistant depression. However, the antidepressant action of a single administration of ketamine wanes with time, and the effects of repeated use have not been sufficiently studied.

General, short-acting anesthetic with hallucinogenic effects. Sometimes used to facilitate sexual assault crimes.

Street Names

Special K, Cat Valium, Kit Kat, K, Super Acid, Super K, Purple, Special La Coke, Jet, Vitamin K,

How is it used?

Injected liquid mixed with other liquids

Powder that is snorted mixed in drinks, or smoked

How does it affect the body?

Hallucinatory effects last 30-60 minutes

Distorts sights and sounds

Immobility and amnesia

Body feels out of control

Agitation, depression, unconsciousness



Drug Fact Sheet: Ketamine (dea.gov)