What do comedowns from ketamine feel like, and how can you feel better?
Similar to other hallucinogenic drugs, most users report that there isn’t a major comedown from ketamine. However, how you feel once ketamine wears off can vary depending on how much you took, how often you use, whether you mixed it with alcohol or other drugs and your individual body.
Have aches and pains
Feel irritable or agitated
Feel very tired
Feel apathetic or unmotivated
Experience low mood
Have difficulty sleeping
Experience mild memory loss
Have mood swings
Feel a sense of impending doom
Have difficulty urinating or are urinating a lot
Try these things at home:
Have changes in breathing
Have intense feelings of impending doom
Have an irregular heartrate or heart palpitations
Experience increased anxiety
Experience increased low mood
Have intense mood swings
Experience increased memory loss
Experience lots of pain in your body
Have pelvic pain or blood in your urine
Feel or act aggressively
Have impaired vision
Call a doctor or Healthline (0800 611 116)
They can talk you through the next steps.
Are acting violently towards others
Experience emotional distress
Have suicidal thoughts
These are signs that something more serious is going on. You or the people around you should act quickly.
A Reddit user talks about their experience of coming down off ketamine:
“I had to drive home afterwards and expected to be fine as normally I feel like K flushes out pretty quick. I was wrong. I was 80% fine, but I had very obvious motor skill issues. If I had to perform a sobriety test, I am confident I would fail. I don’t think I had a headache, but I wasn’t clear headed. I ended up drinking a lot of water, a monster, some cheese, and half a can of salty peanuts. Waited 2 more hours then I was 99% fine”
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.