Ketamine, a dissociative anaesthetic, is employed in medicine to create and sustain anaesthesia. Additionally, it is used as a recreational drug, a pain reliever, and a depression treatment.
Ketamine is a dissociative anaesthetic with psychedelic undertones. The altered sensations of sight and sound result in a feeling of powerlessness and detachment for the individual. It is an injectable, short-acting anaesthetic that is safe for both humans and animals. Its reputation as a “dissociative anaesthetic” stems from the way it makes people feel detached from their discomfort and their surroundings.
Ketamine has several side effects, including sedation (a calm, relaxed state), forgetfulness (the inability to recall events that happened while using the drug), immobility, and pain relief.
It is abused because it can result in hallucinations and feelings of dissociation. Kétamine has also been used to facilitate sexual assault.