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Ketamine: Dreams and Realities is a non-biased and comprehensive overview of the drug ketamine. It covers everything from its recreational use in the dance community, its use as an adjunct to psychotherapy as an aid in overcoming chemical dependency and alcoholism, to the types of mystical experiences induced by ketamine. This book includes information on the possible ...more
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Published February 28th 2001 by Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (first published February 2001)
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Gwern
Nov 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(~100k words, 3 hours; read MAPS-hosted ebook.) Everything ketamine (WP, Erowid).

Jansen begins with a short history of its discovery and diffusion into the psychedelic and club scenes, covers some of the more notorious cases, the neurobiology of ketamine as understood in 2004, and then a very long discussion of the similarities of near-death experiences with ketamine psychedelic trips, followed by thorough coverage of the notorious addictiveness of ketamine (which comes off a bit apologetic;
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Edward Grigoryan
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
The author is partial to ketamine, but otherwise provides a balanced perspective of the potential psychotherapeutic and and mind-expanding benefits of ketamine while not at all down playing the potential risks and harms. Decent scientific overview of the chemistry of ketamine and its physiological effects. Provides metaphysical, psychoanalytic, and new-age/spiritual perspectives on ketamine, which contributes to a more thorough understanding of the social and cultural dimensions that have ...more
Andrés Mc Cormack
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Recreational users
A good comprehensive account of human's relationship to ketamine.

Be warned that this includes arguably pseudoscientific speculation, so it should be read with a critical eye.
Jeffrey Richey
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jansen gives a thoroughly researched and deeply engaging account of the fascinating history and wondrous psychoactive effects of the remarkable psychedelic anesthetic drug ketamine. Although it has long been a staple of modern medicine as the safest anesthetic for small animals, children, and the elderly, many people aren't aware of the profound psychedelic effects it can produce when used for recreational or (for lack of a better word) spiritual purposes.

Finding wide popularity in the
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Oldak
Jun 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: psychedelics
Jansen achieves a good blend of informative writing and anecodote to overview the history of the development and use of this drug. He artfully describes the pharmaceutical and counter-culture contexts in which it became prominent, its effects, and its health consequences. Refreshingly, he doesn't moralise about the use of recreational drugs. Particularly memorable were accounts of two of the prominent characters in the history of "psychedelic" ketamine use: John Lilly, and Marcia Moore. There is ...more
Mateo
Apr 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I should write the book on Methoxamine.
Nancy Foster
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
It is interesting to read a book that focuses on its hallucinogen effects along with the true risk of addiction instead of the drug's use in the operating room setting. This book does deliver both promises and even has a chapter on how addiction clinics can use a non-accusatory approach to reach the core birth trauma theory that compels some people to continue using it even though it only causes them euphoria without any true hallucinogen effects.

It focuses a lot of time on two famous addicted
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Simmy
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5, pharmacology, science
A very well written book. Very informative, providing both the negative and positive sides of ketamine.
Johan
Dec 01, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: drugs
This is a pretty good overview of all aspects of ketamine use, focusing on the recreational use thereof, not the medical use as an anesthetic. Interesting material presented in the form of trip reports either written down or by interview. Covers pretty much all there is to know about this hallucinogenic/psychedelic drug and some more (notably near-death experiences on ketamine). Written from a very neurological/psychiatric perspective that to some extent overlooks the social dimensions of the ...more
Marie
Jan 26, 2017 rated it liked it
First half: I quickly learned a lot. Then it became convoluted, like Timothy Leary but with less content. I skimmed parts that were full of sketchy evidence supporting weak models. I appreciate the models, but I don't want to privilege them.

Second half: Began to redeem itself, talking about practical ways of supporting people with addiction. I like the frame of persona-hatred, caused by having a self-image mostly manufactured by others and the culture you live in.

This book is trying to do a lot,
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Lee
Mar 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Excellent insight into this amazing substance.
Fernanda
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a very useful book about the "recreative" use of the psychedelic anesthetic. Worth reading as an user.
Cosma Loderer
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Best Book out there about K.
Good and bad experience reports.
Science at the university level, with
tons of references to dive deeper.
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