16 Interesting Facts About Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine is a man made stimulant which is made illegally in big laboratories. Generally it is sniffed, injected, smoked or swallowed and its effects vary with the mode of use. If used on a regular basis it leads to chemical and molecular changes in the brain. Here are some interesting facts about methamphetamine that you must know.

Crystal Meth

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1. Street names

Methamphetamine is also known as meth, crystal, chalk, and ice, etc. It is usually in the form of a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder.
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2. Manufacturing meth

Ephedrine In BottlesMeth unlike heroin, cocaine and marijuana is not found in nature but is manufactured using chemicals and ingredients found in legitimate goods like over-the-counter cold medicines and fertilizers.
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3. Invention of meth

EphedrineMeth was invented in 1887 when scientists isolated ephedrine from a shrub- Ephedra sinica, known to be used in Chinese medicines in the past. Chemists manufactured methamphetamine in 1919 by combining ephedrine with red phosphorous and iodine.
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4. NOT “instantly addictive”

Unlike the drugs heroin and cocaine meth is not instantly addictive. This is a common misconception among people but most users don’t get addicted to it instantly. The treatment for meth addiction is similar to other stimulants though.
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5. Mood alteration

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methamphetamineMethamphetamine is said to alter moods depending on the way of use. If it is smoked or injected it creates a rush in the user that last a few minutes, but is said to be extremely pleasurable. On the flip side if sniffed or injected through a needle it produces a high, instead of an intense rush.
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6. The binge and crash pattern

Meth is usually abused in a “binge and crash” pattern. Some users are said to go on a “run” and is said that they do not sleep or eat while repeatedly using the drug for several days.
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7. Pleasurable effects

Meth and PipeThe pleasurable effects from the use of meth are a result of the release of dopamine in the brain at high levels. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter or a mechanism of action for most drug abuse that is related with motivation motor function and pleasure.
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8. When the high wears off…

despairUsers feel depressed, fatigued and irritable when the high of meth wears off. It has been also reported that after heavy use of meth some people become psychotic or paranoid and sometimes don’t even feel any pleasure, making them crave the drug even more.
Source: webmd.com

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9. Was distributed by Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler

During the II World War Adolf Hitler used to distribute methamphetamine to the soldiers in order to boost their morale and keep them alert.
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10. Meth’s cousin

Amphetamine and P2P

Amphetamine is the cousin of methamphetamine. Amphetamine has the same effect as methamphetamine, and the body at the end metabolizes methamphetamine into amphetamine.
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11. Signs of a meth user

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Agitated behavior, excited speech, nervousness, irritability, increased physical activity and going long without food or sleep are some of the signs that a person is a meth user. Wide pupils and high heart rate are also signs of using meth.
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12. A schedule II stimulant

Methamphetamine (2)Meth is a Schedule II stimulant which means that it has a high potential for abuse. It is available only through prescription and medical use is also limited to the treatment of narcolepsy. The doses are also much lower than what is used by an addict.
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13. Nasal decongestant

Initially meth was sold over-the-counter as it was found in nasal decongestant and bronchial inhalers.
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14. Meth is legally available

Desoxyn (methamphetamine) 5 mg tablets

Desoxyn is the brand name under which meth is still legally available but is rarely prescribed. The drug is used to treat ADHD, severe obesity and narcolepsy. Even the refill at prescription is not allowed for this drug.
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15. A diet pill

Meth is widely marketed to women for weight loss and also to treat depression, while amphetamine has been used to control weight, treatment of mild depression, for athletic performance and endurance, and also to help truck drivers complete their long drives without falling asleep.
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16. A club drug

methCrystal meth is a party drug like Ecstasy and ketamine. The use of this drug is mostly found among the young people between 15 & 40 years who are involved in rave scenes.
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