The term became widespread among recreational users of ketamine to describe a state of extreme dissociation. In other words, a user loses their ability to speak or interact with the world around them.
Ketamine is a dissociative drug, originally used as an anesthetic. In recent years, it has become increasingly popular in the treatment of various mental health disorders.
Ketamine’s dissociative effects can become too much to handle. This may lead to reducing one’s ability to find orientation or keep any sense of control.
In the study, a group of scientists at University of Cambridge gave large doses of ketamine to sheep.
The study proposes that “this phenomenon is likely to explain the ‘k-hole’, a state of oblivion similar to a near death experience that is keenly sought by ketamine abusers.”
While this can be terrifying if experienced at a discotheque, it might have value under the right set and setting.
Still, ketamine therapy experts have not settled on whether the K-Hole should be sought after or avoided in ketamine therapy.