Sunday, July 24, 2011

Ketamine: The not so Well Known Drug

Many speculations have been made regarding Amy Winehouses’s death and one of those is the singer’s long battle with drink and drugs. There are reports which claim that the singer was seen buying drugs from a dealer including cocaine, ecstasy and ketamine.

We all know what cocaine and ecstasy do. Ketamine may not be as well known as say Ecstasy or marijuana. So what does Ketamine do?

According to studies, users get a pleasant feeling of floating, to being separated from their bodies. Some Ketamine experiences involve a terrifying feeling of almost complete sensory detachment that is likened to a near-death experience, according to the drug free partnership. Low-dose intoxication from Ketamine results in impaired attention, learning ability and memory while high doses, can cause delirium, amnesia, impaired motor function, high blood pressure, depression and potentially fatal respiratory problems officials said.

According to the 2004 Loma Linda study, reactions were somewhat mild in youngsters 15 and younger; Ketamine’s effects were more severe in adults.