Crystal Meth

Some useful facts and insight on Crystal Meth.

What is Crystal Meth?

Crystal meth is short for crystal methamphetamine. It is just one form of the drug methamphetamine. The chemical n-methyl-1-phenyl-propan-2-amine is called methamphetamine, methylamphetamine, or desoxyephedrine. The shortened name is simply ‘meth’. When it is in its crystalline form, the drug is called crystal meth, ice, Tina, or glass. The first experience might involve some pleasure, but from the start, methamphetamine begins to destroy the user’s life. Usually crystal meth is smoked in glass pipes, similar to how crack cocaine is used. It may be injected (either dry or dissolved in water), snorted, swallowed, or inserted into the anus or urethra.

Why do people use it?

Yeah, why do idiots use it? Well, seriously… some knuckleheads take meth because of the long-lasting high that it gives. Methamphetamine causes numerous neurotransmitters to be released in the brain, producing a sense of euphoria that may last as long as 12 hours, depending on how the drug was taken.

Methamphetamine is popular as a stimulant. As a stimulant, methamphetamine improves concentration, energy, and alertness while decreasing appetite and fatigue.

Methamphetamines are also taken by people who are feeling depressed. They may be taken for their side effect of increasing libido and sexual pleasure.

Effects of crystal meth

Well, for one thing, it can cost you your self-respect and the respect of others just like any other drug. Furthermore….

  • Euphoria
  • Increased energy and alertness
  • Diarrhea and nausea
  • Excessive sweating
  • Loss of appetite, insomnia, tremors, jaw-clenching
  • Agitation, irritability, talkativeness, panic, compulsive fascination with repetitive tasks, violence, confusion
  • Increased libido
  • Increased blood pressure, body temperature, heart rate, blood sugar levels, bronchodilation
  • Constriction of the walls of the arterties
  • In pregnant and nursing women, methampetamine crosses the placenta and is secreted in breast milk
  • Effects Associated with Chronic Use

    • Tolerance (needing more of the drug to get the same effect)
    • Drug craving
    • Temporary weight loss
    • Withdrawal symptoms including depression and anhedonia
    • “Meth Mouth” where teeth rapidly decay and fall out
    • Drug-related psychosis (may last for months or years after drug use is discontinued)

    Effects of Overdose

    • Brain damage
    • Sensation of flesh crawling (formication)
    • Paranoia, hallucinations, delusions, tension headache
    • Muscle breakdown (rhabdomyolysis) which can lead to kidney damage or failure
    • Death due to stroke, cardiac arrest or elevated body temperature (hyperthermia)

    And the list basically goes on and on. Quite simply put, don’t do it!

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