​Is Ketamine Being Tested For?
The Drug's Detection Rates Simplified

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Whether you call it "K-hole," "K-land," "Baby food," "Keyhole" or even "God" Ketamine is no joke. Developed as an alternative to PCP more than 50 years ago and first used widely in the mobile surgery units of the US armed forces during the Vietnam War ketamine is best known these days by the brand name Ketalar. A common misconception is that the substance is strictly an animal tranquilizer. But while it's true the drug is often used to sedate animals the fact is the drug is most often used on humans for purposes as diverse as managing chronic pain and treating people with serious injuries who are experiencing traumatic shock. Most of the ketamine that makes its way to the street today does so by way of being stolen from hospitals and clinics, including veterinary clinics.

Ketamine produces a trance-like state in users and has gained in popularity since the turn of the century as a rave drug. Unlike other rave drugs like ecstasy, ​the substance tends to take the legs out from under people. The high it produces is typically abrupt and lasts for approximately an hour. If smoked or swallowed it will take 2 to 5 minutes for the high to hit whereas if injected the user will be slammed with a full body buzz in around 30 seconds, sometimes less. Users often describe having out-of-body type experiences with higher doses sometimes producing a total sense of disconnect between mind and body. This state is commonly referred to by ravers as being in the "K-hole."

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No particular regulatory attention was paid to ketamine until it began to gain favor among club goers and K-hole addicts started showing up in hospital emergency rooms suffering from a variety of ailments including elevated heart rates. Others were being admitted in dire condition after choking on their vomit. As a result, the government reclassified ketamine as a Schedule III controlled substance alongside Seconal, Nembutal, and anabolic steroids.

So, Does it Show up in Urine Drug Tests?

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The short answer is "yes," ​the substance can be detected by one of today's sophisticated urine tests. Until recently, however, ketamine wasn't a drug that was commonly tested for in a standard five-panel test. But as awareness of the extent of the prescription drug crisis spreads among employers more and more companies are extending the standard five-panel drug test to 10 and even 12 panels these days in the hopes of uncovering prescription drug abuse they had previously overlooked. Commonly abused drugs such as Adderall, Valium, Xanax, Vicodin, and OxyContin, which had never received much attention before are now being searched for in these expanded tests.

Ketamine too is increasingly being included in these expanded testing regimes. Either that or companies are turning to inexpensive test strips which are merely dipped in the urine sample and turn color when they detect ketamine. So if you're fond of visiting the K-hole, there's plenty of reason for concern today. The bottom line is that you need to assume any drug test administered in 2018 is going to test for it and act accordingly.

How Long Will Ketamine Remain in My System?

A single, isolated dose of ketamine may clear your system within a day. However, the exact length of time is subject to variables including the size of the person who took the drug, their metabolic rate, and their overall physical condition. There have been cases of ​the drug being detected in people's urine as long as a week after the drug was consumed. And for regular users, the detection window may extend to 14 or 15 days and in some cases even longer. The bottom line is that you can consider it a pretty safe bet that if you go down the K-hole at a party on Friday or Saturday night, any drug test that's looking for ketamine will be able to pick it up on Monday or Tuesday, even if it was your first time doing the drug.

​How ​Can You Pass The Drug Screening Then?

If you've been prescribed Ketalar by your doctor to help you deal with pain, you should inform your employer before any scheduled drug test. If, however, you've recently taken ketamine recreationally and you're facing a drug test the simplest, most reliable way to ensure you pass is to use synthetic urine in place of your own natural pee.

Synthetic urine was developed for the companies that build urine testing machines to provide them with a way to verify the reliability of their devices. Today the recipe is well known by laboratories around the world, and there are many that produce it. Quick Fix 6.2 is currently considered to be among the best if not the best synthetic urine product on the market and has an excellent success rate of more than 99% when the material is properly handled before submission (learn the different ways here).

What Constitutes “Properly Handled”?

Synthetic urine is a complex soup of chemicals designed to accurately mimic the composition of human pee. It needs to be handled properly before submitting it, or it will get kicked out as fake. Don't worry though; this is not rocket science we're talking about here.

It's mostly common sense. In a nutshell, you need to mix the sample as close to submission time as possible and then make sure it's between 32 and 38 degrees (Celsius) when you submit it, as that is the temperature the testing machine will expect a human urine sample to be. The Quick Fix kit will come with a warmer you can use to ensure the temperature is just right. Beyond that you just need to make sure your sample contains uric acid and if possible urea too just to be sure all your bases are covered.


If you believe your sample submission will be monitored, we'd suggest using a prosthetic delivery device. Monkey Dong (men) and Monkey Whizz (women) are the two that are easiest to use and have the highest success rates. If you believe you'll have ketamine in your system come drug testing time don't worry; Quick Fix has your back.

About the Author Anna Miller

Anna is a content writer, blogger, and entrepreneur. When she is not spending time managing and supervising her business, Lindsley's Lumber, Anna creates content for her synthetic urine website. Aside from being an entrepreneur and blogger, she is also a pet lover, loves to cook and maintain her home garden. You can find out more about me here.

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