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Here's Everything You Need to Know About Ketamine

In emergency rooms across the country, ketamine is used every day to sedate people in pain. It's a staple in an ER doctor's medicine box, typically used to anesthetize people who are having something unpleasant done to them, like draining an abscess or popping a shoulder back in. A slew of research in recent years has also found that ketamine may be a viable treatment for depression. The American Psychiatric Association is even expected to pass official guidelines this year regarding its use as an antidepressant.

But there's another big use for ketamine. It's found on dancefloors across North America and Europe every weekend, as thousands of ravers use it to get wobbly in…

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  Here's Everything You Need to Know About Ketamine

A doctor explains what ketamine is, why people use it to party, and how to be safe while taking it.


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Erowid has received consistent reports that being drunk and then taking even small amounts of ketamine results in nausea, vertigo, and "the spins" with vomiting and dysphoria being quite common. Having an active alcohol buzz is considered a strong contra-indication with ketamine.

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