Ketamine is a powerful general anaesthetic which stops you feeling pain and it’s used for operations on humans and animals.

The effects don’t last long, but until they wear off, ketamine can cause a loss of feeling in the body and paralysis of the muscles. It can also lead to you experiencing a distortion of reality.


Also known as: Vitamin K, Super K, Special K, K, Green, Donkey Dust


Ketamine is a Class B drug – it’s illegal to have for yourself, give away or sell. Possession is illegal whatever you’re using it for, including pain relief.

Supplying your mates, even if you give it away, is also considered ‘supplying’ under the law.

If the Police catch you with Ketamine you could be arrested, have a formal caution, a  penalty notice  and a possible conviction.

A conviction for a drug-related offence could have a pretty serious impact. It can stop you visiting certain countries – for example the United States – and limit the types of jobs you can apply for.




Can be left vulnerable to hurting yourself or being hurt by others

Can cause very serious
bladder problems.

Abdominal pain or ‘K cramps’ reported by many long-term users

Liver damage can occur after regular, heavy ketamine use


Can make you physically
incapable of moving.

Injecting can damage the veins and cause abscesses.

Can lead to unconsciousness and choke on your own vomit.

Can be very dangerous when mixed with ecstasy or amphetamines.