It goes by many names: Speed, Crypto, Crank, Redneck cocaine, and Yellow powder. No matter how you call it, methamphetamine can ruin lives. Today we are going to learn all about it: its effects, how it is abused, and the stages preceding addiction.
There’s a lot to uncover when it comes to meth. For starters, it has way more street names than we’ve previously mentioned. It is called Beannies, Brown, Chalk, Chicken feed, Cinnamon, Crink, Fast, Getgo, Methlies, Quick, Mexican Crack, Pervitin, Tick tick, Tweak, Wash, and Yaba.
Its other form, crystal meth, has even more nicknames from all over the world, including: Batu, Blade, Cristy, Crystal, Crystal glass, Glass, Hot ice, Ice, Quartz, Shabu, Shards, Stove top, Tina, and Ventana.
All these unusual nicknames try to make purchasing the drug more discreet. And although they may sound odd, methamphetamine is no laughing matter.
What is Methamphetamine?
Meth is an illegal drug—a fact we must establish early on. It is in the same class as cocaine and other street drugs that are equally dangerous and potent. Meth and crystal meth is commonly used at party scenes, particularly at night clubs or at rave parties.
A dangerous chemical, it first acts as a stimulant before it begins acting within the body to systemically affect all the organs. Because of this, the drug is associated with many serious health conditions. To name some of these adverse effects, this includes memory loss, psychotic behavior, heart failure, and potential brain damage.
What makes it more dangerous is the fact that it is highly addictive. Meth burns up the body’s resources, causing dependence quickly. The user quickly tolerates the drug, requiring more and more just to get the same effects. Crystal meth is reportedly so addictive that many users report getting hooked from the first time they tried it.
What is Crystal Meth?
Crystal meth is just one form of the drug methamphetamine. It is a white crystalline drug that most people take by snorting. It could also be smoked or taken intravenously. Some people even take it orally, wherein the effects take slightly longer to manifest.
The drug’s euphoric effect is what usually gets people addicted. It also produces a sudden feeling of self-confidence. They feel like they could do anything—like they have unlimited energy.
The high often lasts from six up to 24 hours.
The Stages of the Meth Experience
The rush refers to the initial response of the abuser when using methamphetamine. They experience an increased heart rate while their pulse soars. A meth rush can last up to 30 minutes.
2. The High
During a high, the user feels more aggressive. They will be likely to interrupt other people when they’re speaking, simply because they feel much smarter. This is where euphoria kicks in. The high can last for up to 16 hours.
3. Meth Binge
When someone binges, they start losing control over their decisions. They want to continue getting high—and they want it as often as possible. As long as they have access to the drug, they will continue using and abusing it.
If this persists, the user will stop experiencing the rush and the high because their body has started expecting and requiring the drug’s presence.
This refers to the general discomfort that follows when the drug no longer produces euphoric effects. The user becomes extremely uncomfortable, to the point where they think that bugs are crawling under their skin. They will find it hard to sleep, they will even get lost in their own world. They may experience hallucinations while feeling generally detached from reality.
At this point a meth user may become hostile, posing a threat to himself and everyone around him.
5. The Crash
During a crash, the user’s body shuts down, unable to cope with the drug’s effects. This results in a long period of sleep. They may seem lifeless during the days of a crash, and this may last for up to 72 hours.
Exhausted physically, mentally, and emotionally, a user may return to using meth in an attempt to make the effects stop. But if they do try to quit, they’ll experience severe withdrawal symptoms wherein they lose all their energy, feel depressed, crave for more meth, and even become suicidal.
Meth withdrawal is extremely difficult, making it a big possibility that the user will return to abusing the drug.
Effects of Meth
Meth comes with a lot of adverse effects that impact individuals both on the short term and the long term. Once the euphoria fades, things quickly turn grim for the user, making them unable to get off of the drug once they’ve started.
Users experience sleep disturbances, hyperactivity, nausea, delusions, irritability, and increased aggressiveness. They may also experience insomnia, confusion, hallucinations, anxiety, and paranoia. In the worst cases, meth can cause convulsions and even death.
If continued, the drug can increase the blood pressure, damage blood vessels in the brain, cause stroke, lung damage, and death. On a psychological note, the user can suffer brain damage, if not simply becoming unable to grasp reality.
It is extremely difficult to recover from meth addiction. A person can still undergo rehabilitation and detoxification. Medical professionals would be able to address each of the withdrawal symptoms will keeping the user off of the drug. A supportive environment will be made for the patient, wherein they can concentrate on getting better.