Ketamine is a medication that causes dissociation. It has been used as an anesthetic and, recently, in depression treatment. Dissociative medications cause users to feel alienated from reality and from themselves.
In large doses, these dissociative emotions become more strong, making people feel totally disconnected from or not able to have any control over their own body, which includes the capacity to move and speak freely.
A k-hole is a certain state that exists somewhere between intoxication and unconsciousness. Changes in your senses will lead to hallucinations and illusions as your own awareness of the actual world fades. While the effects are transitory, some users may experience persistent psychotic and dissociative symptoms.
A K-hole is described as a certain out-of-body experience. It is a strong sense of being detached from the body.
Some people report they feel like they are rising above their bodies. Others have described it as feeling teleported to different locations or as “melting” into their own surroundings. The experience of K-hole is delightful for some. Others find it terrifying, likening it to a certain near-death experience.
The amount you consume, whether you try to mix it with either alcohol or some other substances, and also your circumstances can all influence how you will experience a K-hole. A K-hole can have a variety of psychological repercussions as follows:
- Feelings of disassociation or detachment from yourself and also your surroundings
- Panic and anxiety
- Changes in your sensory perception, e.g. sound, sights, and time
Other physical effects may include:
- Changes in your heart rate and blood pressure
- Uncoordinated movement
What an ego death is?
When you take large enough amounts of psychedelics, you will experience ego-death (ego loss). The boundaries between the external world and your sense of self are frequently blurred during a certain heavy psychedelic trip, which is why others prefer the less serious term ‘ego disintegration.’
When one’s ego is lost through ego death, one loses his sense of present existence and connects with primal nature. Being in a space with no time or space bounds is ego loss, ego death, or ego dissolution. It only lives for a brief period, yet it is a wonderful moment with lifelong consequences.
LSD, DMT, and Ketamine, among other psychedelics, are proven to be effective in drug addiction treatment and treatment-resistant depression. Researchers have been curious as to how psychedelics might have such positive effects in mental therapy.
Now, it is becoming clear that psychedelic-induced ego death plays an important role in such psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.
During a psychedelic experience, what happens and how might it be used for therapy? To answer this question, you must dismantle your entire psychedelic trip down to its bare essentials.
Many people believe that what may happen after the ego dies is more essential than the death of the ego itself. Physical symptoms can also be unsettling for some people. Numbness can make it very difficult to either move or speak when you are stuck in a K-hole. This sense of helplessness is not for everyone.