Ketamine Can Induce A Near-Death Experience

Looking down at one’s own body as the soul floats upwards…a feeling of immense calm as one moves towards the light…such reports by those who have come perilously close to death are often cited as proof of an afterlife or spiritual realm. However psychiatrist Dr. Karl Jansen explains that these near-death experiences are identical to a ketamine trip:

The near-death experience (NDE) is a phenomenon of considerable importance to medicine, neuroscience, neurology, psychiatry, philosophy and religon. Unfortunately, some scientists have been deterred from conducting research upon the NDE by claims that NDE’s are evidence for life after death, and sensationalist media reports which impart the air of a pseudoscience to NDE studies.

All features of a classic NDE can be reproduced by the intravenous administration of 50-100 mg of ketamine…including travel through a dark tunnel into light, the conviction that one is dead, ‘telepathic communion with God’, hallucinations, out-of-body experiences and mystical states…becoming a disembodied mind or soul, dying and going to another world. Childhood events may also be re-lived. The loss of contact with ordinary reality and the sense of participation in another reality are more pronounced and less easily resisted than is usually the case with LSD. The dissociative experiences often seem so genuine that users are not sure that they have not actually left their bodies.

Ring (1980) classified NDE’s on a 5 stage continuum: 1.feelings of peace and contentment; 2.a sense of detachment from the body; 3. entering a transitional world of darkness (rapid movements through tunnels: ‘the tunnel experience’); 4. emerging into bright light; and 5. ‘entering the light’. 60% experienced stage 1, but only 10% attained stage 5.

14 Comments on "Ketamine Can Induce A Near-Death Experience"

  1. Deep7heaven | Aug 9, 2012 at 5:23 pm |

    Why is it that incredibly intelligent scientists can write up a well though out article and then post it in WHITE serifed TEXT  on a BLUE BACKGROUND I though I’d bluescreened, at least the BSOD is easier to read. I suppose that’s why so few comments (1 now). This is a metaphor for the problem with the article as well…did Dr. Jansen ever try Ketamine himself? No? Maybe if he valued subjective experience he wouldn’t have posted his research in a nearly unreadable form.

    • it’s from 1996! Remember? Geocities, animated gifs?

    • WhyTF are you getting hung up over a font and blue background? You’re going to base information presented by presentation only and not the information itself? Yes it may be hard on the eyes, though maybe not his eyes so he doesn’t realize it. Such a simple thing like that isn’t the be all end all of a man’s research. Geez.

      Maybe he doesn’t present things as well as he finds them out, or maybe he simply made a mistake? He IS human, after all… People, stop expecting perfection from each other, we are all infallible. Look into his stuff as well as other research and decide what you think, but remember that people are NOT perfect! If we were, we’d already know the answers to all these questions and wouldn’t be questioning even debating them!

    • Scott Furciniti | Jun 29, 2013 at 11:02 pm |

      If it’s hard for you to read the article as posted, it’s child’s play to copy and paste it into a word processor and put it into a form that you find easier.

    • The Well Dressed Man | Jun 29, 2013 at 11:33 pm |

      Reading anything on Ketamine is pretty far beyond me, with all the couchlock and severe nystagmus! Kudos for toughing it out and giving it your best shot!

  2. You can achieve the same results with a heroin overdose 🙂

  3. the only way to compare an NDE with a ketamine trip is to experience both for oneself .  Any other “scientific” comparison is bogus.  Nonetheless the comparison would still in that cas be subjective.

    • Sketchyboots | Aug 11, 2012 at 3:56 am |

      Or you can also make a proper scientific study of evaluating thousands of reports of both types of experiences, taking into account the many variables, and see what the commonalities are and then make conclusions about how the two may be comparable. That’s not bogus at all, but rather good scientific methodology. Personal revelation as the sole source of knowledge does not provide this kind of comparative objectivity. 

  4. Ruuchiblog | Aug 11, 2012 at 8:31 am |

    i agree..ketamine created dream like situation where person feels as if he is living a dream totally happy..

  5. You can achieve the same results with suffocating

  6. Coltonromannose | Aug 14, 2012 at 8:31 pm |

    that dude who water boarded his daughter shoulda tried this instead

  7. the first time I took ketamine I was with this chick that freaked out when I took a big,giant line of it. You’re supposed to only take a small bump. Anyways, 5 minutes later and I was in stage 3(!). The worst thing is, I was on the street on a busy street and I was trying to control it. Not the best conditions for this type of experiment. Tl;dr: had a k-hole on a busy street in Downtown Montreal feeling I was on another planet. What pisses me off though is that I remember a couple years ago reading that in Canada, k was legal. I know vets use it but still, why don’t they use K and MDMA to treat depression instead of SSRI that a proved to be placebos? Last week in Halifax’s port they discovered a shipment. The ketamine was mixed with rice. The media called it “a Date rape drug” !!! Alcohol could be called “the date rape drug”.
    I never heard of anyone slipping K in a chick’s drink. Ridiculous!

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