What can a bad experience on ketamine feel like?
Experience drowsiness or grogginess
Have mild heart palpitations
Have stomach pains
Feel disoriented or confused
Experience mild hallucinations
Experience slurred speech
Have trouble controlling movements
Try these things at home:
Have an irregular heartbeat or racing heart
Feel severely nauseous
Experience severe anxiety
Experience severe paranoia
Experience disturbing or strong hallucinations
Are unable to move or speak or feel paralyzed (k-hole)
Experience changes in breathing (faster or slower)
Have very low blood pressure
Call a Doctor or Healthline (0800 611 116)
They can talk you through the next steps.
Have chest pain
Have severely injured yourself
Experience severe, persistent hallucinations that don’t go away
Have a very slow heartbeat
Have trouble breathing
Experience paralysis that is long-lasting or very distressing
Are conscious but unable to respond to people or things around you
These are signs of an overdose. You or the people around you should act quickly.
If you experience unexpected or concerning effects from ketamine you can notify High Alert to help keep others safe.
An Erowid user talks about their challenging experience taking ketamine and entering a k-hole:
“I had no idea what I was, who I was, what it was to be a human or what had happened. But I knew deeply that I had done something very bad. I also felt as if everything was going to end. Nothing from real life existed anymore and I couldn’t recall anything at all. I had no body. Just the same feeling over and over: 'I am lost' 'who am I?'”
It can be a bit weird adjusting back to life outside your bubble, so we’ve pulled togther a few key tips to help you out if you choose to use drugs.
For Mental Health Awareness Week, we talked to Phil Glaser, one of the team behind The Level, about how your state of mind has a bigger impact on your trip than you might think.