3 Differences of Intention – Special K vs. Ketamine Therapy

3 Differences of Intention – Special K vs. Ketamine Therapy

There’s a resounding consensus among Special K users—they are seeking an enhanced experience. But for people who are seeking relief of 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 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://ktcpartnership.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 contributor to this blog. His experiences and opinions expressed in this post do not represent those of the Ketamine Treatment Centers. Ryan’s intention is to share his opinions about mental illness that stem from his own experiences. He recognizes his experiences and opinions are not necessarily representative of others with depression or other mental illness. At the time of this post, Ryan has not tried ketamine infusion therapy for depression, other mental illness, or a pain condition. If you have feedback for the author, please email him at rwetter@ktcpartnership.com.

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  • Will Reply

    Ryan, I agree with your well stated position. I am just starting my research into Ketamine for depression based on a TED Talk I recently viewed. I would like to find out whether or not I am in the (7 out of 10) that it helps or the (3 out of 10) it does not help. Unfortunately, the cost to find this out (6 x $500) is not doable for me. I may have to resort to finding Special-K at an unknown dose and with unknown ingredients to get my 6 doses to find out if it has any beneficial effect on my depression. I have never bought or taken street drugs and I don’t know anybody who has so finding them will be a scary adventure in and of itself. I also have no idea how much a dose costs and if it’s a pill, an injection or something one smokes. I’ll google all that next to get some kind of an idea. I don’t want a high, or dissociation but I do want to find out if the active ingredient has a positive effect on me. If it does, then I have something to look forward to, for the future when the drug companies put this into a pill form. If it doesn’t work then I know to keep on looking for other possible solutions.

    July 21, 2017 at 7:48 pm
    • Ryan Wetter Reply

      Will, I wouldn’t recommend dosing on your own with black market ketamine. I’m sorry to hear your struggle, though. Why not set up a free phone consult with one our doctors? In the least, you can ask them questions. Wishing you the best, Ryan

      July 29, 2017 at 12:50 am
    • Shawna Heiles Reply

      KTC also offers financing options, our coordinators would love to answer any questions you may have and Ryan is correct, there is no harm in getting a FREE consult with one of our physicians. We look forward to hearing from you.
      Shawna Heiles

      August 16, 2017 at 1:08 pm
  • Karen Reply

    Ryan, I can certainly understand Will’s comment, although I have no intent on looking for street drugs. I fall into the CRPS category, at $875 per treatment, and 1500 miles from home, so add in the traveling expenses, and frankly I think the flight would kill me. Plus the costs of hotel, taxis, etc.

    Ketamine is a very inexpensive drug that has been around and safely used for decades. Why so expensive? Because by the time we are ready to try Ketamine, suicide is our only other option? Due to having Systemic CRPS, I also have severe depression. Add in C-PTSD and the constant stress of no one near me knowing how to treat me, other than a handful of drugs.

    This makes me very, very sad. I was knocked down by this horrible disease in the peak of my life. Every night I get in bed and wonder if I will wake up. Obviously I’m on SSDI and the expense of this takes away my last hope.

    August 9, 2017 at 12:49 am
    • Ryan Wetter Reply

      Hi Karen, I would recommend calling in. I’m not aware of pricing for all treatments, but I do know that the staff can explain the costs of treatment with transparency. Call us 1-888-566-8774.

      August 13, 2017 at 1:18 am

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