A Highly Addictive Stimulant
- Typically in the form of crystalline white powder that is odorless and dissolves easily in water.
- Other colors of powder have been observed, such as brown, yellow-grey, orange, or pink.
- Crystal meth comes in clear, chunky crystals (more or less clear depending on purity) that resemble ice.
- Molecular Formula/Chemical Makeup- C10H15N
Slang Terms/Street Names
- Chicken Feed
- Methlies Quik
- Mexican Crack
- Redneck Cocaine
- Tick Tick
- Yellow Powder
Street names for crystal meth include:
- Crystal Glass
- Hot Ice
Ways to Ingest
Medicinal Use of Methamphetamine
How Methamphetamine Alters Consciousness
Methamphetamine also can result in many of the same effects as other stimulants (ie- cocaine or other amphetamines), such as increased wakefulness, increased physical activity, decreased appetite, rapid heart rate, and increased blood pressure.
Psychological: Increased wakefulness, decreased appetite, intense euphoria,
irritability, insomnia, confusion, anxiety.
Physiological: Increased physical activity, increased respiration, rapid heart rate,
irregular heartbeat, increased blood pressure, hyperthermia.
Duration: Duration of short-term effects depends greatly on the amount of meth
taken and the purity of the drug. Most short-term effects occur almost immediately
after ingestion, depending on the method of ingestion, and last for many hours.
Psychological: Violent behavior, psychotic behavior, auditory hallucinations, mood
disturbances, delusions and paranoia, homocical or suicidal thoughts,
Physiological: Damage to the brain similar to stroke or epilepsy damage, damage
to blood vessels in the brain that can cause strokes, cardiovascular damage, tooth
decay, extreme weight loss (due to loss of appetite).
Duration: Brain damage caused by meth abuse can linger for months even after
the user stops methamphetamine use.
Physical: Meth withdrawal can result in many negative physical symptoms, such as shaking, nausea, palpitations, sweating, hyperventilation, and increased appetite. Users seek more and more methamphetamine to get back to the state of pleasure it initially triggers or just to feel "normal" again. This results in physical dependence on the drug, and a never-ending cycle.
1) Meth causes holes in the brain.
While meth often causes areas of the brain to become inactive or to have very low
levels of activity, it does not cause actual physical holes. This myth most likely started
because the inactive areas of the brain appear to be holes when displayed on a fMRI.
2) Meth is used primarily by white male bikers and truck drivers.
Meth use is extremely well-documented in these groups. However, high rates of use
have been seen in extremely diverse groups of people, not just the previously-