Ketamine popularity on dance floors
Ketamine popularity on dance floors is something that the clubbing culture is seeing a rise in. While Ketamine popularity might be a thing, many are not too convinced of the drug choice by party goers.
“If ecstasy brings a club together under a collective consciousness, ketamine divides it up again into a collection of individual non-responsive egos. If ecstasy makes you one with the music, ketamine shuts it out and ignores it. If ecstasy is energy, ketamine is lethargy.” Reported Tom Armstrong of Sabotage Times
Tom wrote a piece on how ketamine popularity in the music and party scene is counter intuitive to the collective feeling people experience at parties and with the music.
Ketamine has been categorised as a ‘dissociative anaesthetic’ and is also described as a psychedelic. An anaesthetic is used to numb out sensory experiences such as pain, therefore it’s clear why the drug is so common. It was first developed for human use in the 1960’s and is still used in the medical field today.
According to the Trip Project… “In the body, ketamine increases the effects of sympathetic nervous activity, giving a slight increase of heart rate, blood pressure & cardiac output, bronchodilation, and pupil dilation. In the brain, ketamine blocks the action of the neurotransmitter L-glutamate. When this happens, the NMDA receptor in the brain does not receive expected signals. It is the NMDA receptors that coordinate and integrate the conscious mind into all bodily functions and other parts of the brain. Ketamine also increases the excretion of adrenaline into the bloodstream and releases endorphins, which work to block the sensation of physical pain.”
While the use of Ketamine sounds like something best reserved for minor operations or for use in vets it doesn’t seem like the kind of fun party drug that helps you have a good time. At higher doses of the drug, a user might not remember where they are or even who they are. Yikes, not hot at all. You could struggle to breathe, stumble as you walk and feel your heart race. The last two sounds a lot like what you’d experience when drinking, although struggling to breathe is pretty scary.
Is and should ketamine popularity be on the way out, what do you think?