thread: 2007-02-26 : Exorcism followthrough

On 2007-03-05, Curly wrote:

I only recall taking K once, but I’ve knowingly been in the company of users a handful of times.

I tend to take the least-polite-amount of any drug offered… often none.  So YMMV.

But, for me, the first effect was hearing music as pulsating like a strobe light.  I navigated point-to-point around a crowded, confusing club. (Walk to the pillar. Stop. Focus on the barstool. Go. Stop. Focus on the DJ booth. Go. Stop…)

This was more of a game, than a necessity.  I laughed at myself. I reached a dark bar room, unused that night; with photos of drag queens on the walls. I basked viserally in the sudden quiet, dark, aloneness, and calm.  I looked at the photos, and was surprised to recognize a friend—holding a huge trophy—back when he was younger and more convincing as a girl.

At that moment, I realized I was utterly sober; having
1. experienced no unpleasant ‘crash’ at the end (or the next day)
2. I think no more than 20 minutes had elapsed since snorting the stuff.

Both of those aspects were good news.

Some of the above could be described in ‘disassociative’ terms, but I doubt that terminology would have occurred to me—had I not heard other people describe it that way.

Locating my friends sitting in a booth, one had his head back—like he’d fallen asleep at the movies.  I was concerned, so I borrowed a bottle of nail polish and waved it under his nose.  The stink woke him up.  He was mad at me for interrupting his snooze.  He said that the -point- of Ketamine was to do enough to get into a K-hole.  I suspect that’s not a majority viewpoint. I suspect he snorted a big pile of the stuff, compared to my tiny whiff.  Also, he was drinking heavily.

I guess my point is that there’s nothing especially-scary about Ketamine.  It’s discussed in scary-sounding terms. But both my friend & I could have had a similar experience via champagne + exhaustion.  The noteworthy aspects of the drug tend to be positive ones. The negative aspects are common to many drugs, not specific to K.

The disassociative/free-will thing is in the eye of the beholder.  If you don’t feel safe, then that effect will be scary.  If you feel safe, then it’s just a short, interesting ride.

In theory, the point of Prozac and of talk-therapy is to get you to step aside from your emotions/ego a bit, and refect on yourself from a slight distance.  Does K do the same thing?  I don’t know.


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