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How can you be safer when using ketamine?

Ketamine can effect everyone differently at different doses, so it is always a good idea to practice things that can keep you safer when using. 

Start with a lower dose. 
If you aren’t prepared to go into a k-hole, it can be an upsetting experience. While there is no specific dose that will cause a k-hole, it can be helpful to research your doses and start smaller at first, visit tripsit for information on dosing ketamine. 

Avoid mixing with other drugs, especially alcohol and other depressants. 
Ketamine is an analgesic (relieves pain), and alcohol is a central nervous system depressant (slows brain activity). When combined, they can slow down body functions like breathing to a dangerous level. It is best to avoid even small amounts of alcohol when using ketamine. Similarly, you also should not mix ketamine with similar depressants like GHB, GBL, tramadol or other opiates as these can have the same effect. 

Take care if you are snorting ketamine. 
If you snort ketamine, it will enter the bloodstream faster than taking it orally, so you may feel stronger effects quicker. When snorting, use a clean straw and clean surface, and avoid sharing straws with others. Taking breaks between using drugs this way will reduce the damage done to your nose. You can also do a nasal saline rinse after snorting to clear your nose. 

Use a lower dose and clean needles if you are injecting. 
Taking ketamine by injecting it is more likely to result in an overdose or unpleasant effects. This is because injecting delivers it to your bloodstream the fastest. If you are injecting ketamine, make sure you use clean equipment every time, including needles. You can get these from needle exchanges across New Zealand. This helps to reduce skin infections and the transmission of diseases like HIV and hepatitis that you can get from sharing needles.

Test your ketamine to make sure it isn't mixed with other drugs. Ketamine can be tested at drug checking clinics with a spectrometer. It can also be tested with reagent tests that you can do yourself. However, some reagent tests might give unusual reactions to ketamine analogues, so these are not as reliable. 

For more information on how to be safer when using drugs and alcohol, see Safer using.  

To order self-help workbooks and other free resources for safer use, see Resources

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