There’s a resounding consensus among Special K users—they are seeking an enhanced experience. But for people who are seeking relief from their current experience (such as those with depression, bipolar depression, PTSD, anxiety disorder, or a chronic pain condition), are they seeking something different? What separates the use of Ketamine therapy from the use of the illicit drug known as Special K? For the sake of this post, let’s focus on the various intentions behind the illicit use and the life-saving medication.
Special K: Enhancement or Dissociation
Along with extraordinarily high doses to produce extreme dissociation, the dangers of taking the street form of Ketamine are well-known and serious. But a Special K user isn’t considering long-term abuse, so the potential for that one experience outweighs concern about psychological dependence and dangers to overall health. The intention of the Special K user is to either enhance everything you sense or to dissociate from feeling anything at all (Google search K-Hole).
Ketamine Therapy: Relief
A person suffering to the point of suicide is seeking immediate and sustainable relief from their mental illness. Relief wants nothing to do with the current situation—it begs for drastic change; a 180-degree shift, which is unlike enhancing what you already feel. You could argue that a user of Special K is seeking relief from mental health issues, too, and confusing this desire with enhancement, but the intended use at that moment sets the two experiences apart while setting the tone for future usage.
Special K: Feel Different
Someone using Special K is seeking new feelings and enhanced sensory experiences. To reach said experiences, the K user ingests Ketamine at very high, unregulated doses (not to mention illegal versions of Ketamine that often include traces of other drugs).
Ketamine Therapy: Feel Better
Someone undergoing Ketamine therapy is not seeking new experiences as a direct result of being under the influence of Ketamine. They want to feel better or return to having feelings in the first place. Their lives are so fraught with despair that new feelings and sensory experiences are last on their list of desired outcomes, unless getting well allows for the capacity for new feelings and sensory experiences post-treatment.
Special K: Get High
At the time of this post, the most common illegal substance known to have a medicinal form is marijuana. Marijuana’s proponents often turn to its origin (grown in nature) to make the argument that it is safe. But many things in nature are not safe if abused. Some marijuana users, in my experience, make the claim that they use marijuana medicinally, and make this claim after half-hourly bong rips from the moment they rise until they fall asleep. Clearly overusing or abusing a substance as clean as marijuana falls within the realm of getting high, which is a non-medicinal use. Such is the use of Special K—the non-medicinal use of Ketamine, which brings many documented dangers to the human psyche and body.
Ketamine Therapy: Get Well
Getting well includes a host of decisions made in the best interest of a person’s health and well-being. These include eating nutritionally, working out, and meditating. The use of Ketamine therapy is within this realm. Outside of people who do not believe in mental illness, or believe that mental illness is of a purely psychological nature (requiring only therapy or nature-made supplements), Ketamine therapy is used to get people well and keep them well. From physical trauma victims pre-surgery to those sick with severe mental illnesses and chronic pain conditions, those seeking Ketamine therapy are on a path to wellness.
Intention alone doesn’t make Ketamine infusion therapy safe or effective—science backing its use, methodologies, and safety is required (see https://www.actifyneuro.com/ketamine-research/). Then there’s the process of educating the public on the differences between Special K and Ketamine infusion therapy, which include the form it takes, the amount that is taken, setting in which it’s administered, and intentions of the consumer. And it is intention that can turn a car into a weapon, a plane into a bomb, and a life-saving medication into a deadly, habit-forming substance.
Ryan Wetter is a writer and creative services professional with mental illness. If you have a question for him, reach out to email@example.com.