Call Now: 24Hr Addiction Hotline 800-601-3889 Who Answers?

Is the K-hole Dangerous?

The K-hole, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration, “refers to the out-of-body, near death experience” a person has after abusing a large dose of ketamine. Often, it is what users are trying to achieve when they take the drug. Though it is the coveted experience for many casual ketamine abusers as well as addicts, the K-hole is an extremely dangerous effect of ketamine use and it can be a sign that overdose and even death are not far off.

Why Do People Want to Experience a K-hole?

K-hole Dangerous?

Disorientation and delirium are common K-hole effects.

Many people who abuse ketamine are attempting to experience the K-hole. This is because of the effects of this particular experience, which occur right before the individual is fully sedated. It can cause a person to feel like they are floating above themselves in an out-of-body type experience. Many individuals liken it to being inside a black hole. It can also cause depersonalization, losing touch with reality, hallucinations, disorientation, and delirium. It does create an incredibly strong high, but it can be very frightening as well.

It can become terrifying for some individuals when they begin to no longer feel like themselves. In addition, for someone who is already feeling sad or depressed, the K-hole can intensify these feelings and even cause suicidal thoughts. Because these side effects are not as well known as the high the K-hole causes, many abuse the drug not realizing what they may be likely to experience.

How Dangerous is the K-hole?

The K-hole is much more dangerous than people realize, especially because it only occurs when a person has taken a very high dose of the drug. Many individuals overdose attempting to experience this effect. According to the Center for Substance Abuse Research, “High doses of ketamine may result in respiratory depression, muscle twitches, dizziness, slurred speech, nausea, and vomiting.” When these side effects occur, it is likely that the individual has moved into an overdose situation, but it can happen so quickly they and those around them may not even notice it.

The K-hole is also dangerous on its own because of the psychological symptoms it causes. A person could hurt themselves or someone else or not realize if something harmful is being done to them because they do not feel like themselves. Someone could become seriously hurt while in a K-hole and not even notice it.

What Should I Do if Someone is in a K-hole?

If your friend or loved one has taken a large dose of ketamine and may already be in a K-hole, it is important to watch them and to never leave them alone. If their breathing becomes labored or if you have any other reason to believe they may have overdosed on the drug, call 911 immediately. It is also important to make sure they do not choke on their own vomit, as this could cause them to asphyxiate.

A K-hole Experience is not Worth the Risk

Many people who have experienced a K-hole agree that the negative side effects coupled with the risk involved make it something you should avoid, not seek.

If you still have questions about ketamine or the side effects of abusing the drug, call 800-601-3889 (Who Answers?).

  • Use This Format Only: (###) ###-####
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
I NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE NOWFree and Confidential. Call800-601-3889Response time about 1 min | Response rate 100%
Who Answers?

Where do calls go?

For those seeking addiction treatment for themselves or a loved one, the is a private and convenient solution.

Calls to any general helpline (non-facility specific 1-8XX numbers) for your visit will be answered by American Addiction Centers (AAC).

We are standing by 24/7 to discuss your treatment options. Our representatives work solely for AAC and will discuss whether an AAC facility may be an option for you. Our helpline is offered at no cost to you and with no obligation to enter into treatment.

Neither nor AAC receives any commission or other fee that is dependent upon which treatment provider a visitor may ultimately choose.