What is Special K? 

Special K (or “K”) was originally created for use as a human anesthetic, and is still used as a general anesthetic for children, persons of poor health, and in veterinary medicine. Special K belongs to a class of drugs called “dissociative anesthetic,” which separate perception from sensation. Other drugs in this category include PCP, DXM and nitrous oxide (laughing gas). Special K usually comes as a liquid, and is most often cooked into a white powder for snorting. However, it may also be swallowed or injected into the muscle (never into the vein).

What are the effects? 

At lower doses, special K creates a mild, dreamy feeling similar to nitrous oxide. Users report feeling “floaty” and slightly outside their body. Nausea and numbness in the extremities is also common. Higher doses produce a hallucinogenic (trippy) effect, and may cause the user to feel very far away from their body. This experience is often referred to as entering a “K-hole” and has been compared to a near death experience with sensations of rising above one’s body. Many users find the experience spiritually significant, while others find it frightening. While in a K-hole it is very difficult to move. People usually remain seated or lying down during the experience.

Is Special K addictive? 

The dissociation from one’s consciousness experienced with special K can be highly seductive to some people, and there are many cases of addiction to special K.

What are the risks associated with Special K? 

Low doses of Special K can increase heart rate, at higher doses it depresses consciousness and breathing and is extremely dangerous to combine with downers like alcohol, Valium or GHB. Frequent use can cause disruptions in consciousness and lead to neuroses or other psychological disorders. Special K can cause a tremendous psychological dependence. Special K is illegal and possession can result in long prison terms.

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