Ketamine, when snorted, can take any time between 10 and 30 minutes to make itself known and take affect on the body physically and mentally. The time varies depending on many factors including the strength of the substance, amount ingested and body weight.
Snorting Ketamine is the most common way of ingesting the drug. Snorting is believed to be more efficient than swallowing Ketamine because certain elements of the drug are removed when passing through the liver before entering the blood stream. The most effective way of ingesting Ketamine is by injection as the drug passes into the blood stream immediately.
Although injecting drugs such as Ketamine often leads to the drug taking affect quicker, this method is less frequently used by recreational drug takers because of the dangers of intravenous drug taking which include the transmission of HIV and other harmful infections caused by tampering with the body's natural blood filtering mechanisms against bacteria and disease.
Ketamine is a powerful anaesthetic most commonly used on large animals. It can cause a loss of feeling in the body and paralysis of the muscles. It can also lead to a high that distorts reality, a detached feeling that separates mind and body and in some cases a near-death experience commonly known as entering "the k-hole".
The main dangers of using Ketamine:
1) Losing feeling in your body to the point that if you injure yourself you will not be able to feel it.
2) Ketamine can cause serious bladder problems. Over-usage can lead to difficulty and pain when urinating, incontinence, and even the bladder to be removed completely through surgery.
3) The detachment of the mind from the body can cause serious distress and panic that can lead to you hurting yourself and others.
On 10th June 2014, Ketamine was moved from being a Class C to a Class B drug. It is illegal to have yourself, give to others or sell. Possession of ketamine could now get you up to 5 years in prison and an unlimited fine, while supplying ketamine to someone else could get you up to 14 years and an unlimited fine.