Ketamine

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Ketamine is a Class-B drug in the United Kingdom that was first introduced in the 1960s as an anaesthetic agent and has been widely used in both the veterinary and medical world[1].

Ketamines full chemical name is 2-chlorophenyl-2-methylamine-cyclohexanone[2].

It is a classified narcotic due to its dissociative nature; often reported to give effects such as hallucinations, paranoia, 'floating sensations' and vast changes in sensory perceptions[3], it's able to give this psychoactive reaction as well as the pain-reducing effects due to being a glutamate receptor antagonist; such as the NMDA receptor, one of the most prolific in ketamines pharmacological action.

References

  1. Arditti, J. Ketamine - dreams and realities.(2002)
  2. Arditti, J. Ketamine - dreams and realities.(2002)
  3. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-415816-0.00012-2
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