Methamphetamine; contracted from N-methyl-alpha-methylphenethylamine) is a strong central nervous system (CNS) stimulant that is used as a recreational drug and, rarely, to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obesity. Methamphetamine exists as two enantiomers, dextrorotary and levorotary. Dextromethamphetamine is a stronger CNS stimulant than levomethamphetamine; however, both are neurotoxic, addictive and produce the same toxicity symptoms at high doses. Although rarely prescribed due to the potential risks, methamphetamine hydrochloride is approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) under the trade name Desoxyn. Recreationally, methamphetamine is used to increase sexual desire, lift the mood, and increase energy, allowing some users to engage in sexual activity continuously for several days straight. It is of the phenethylamine and amphetamine classes.
Methamphetamine may be sold illegally, either as pure dextromethamphetamine or in an equal parts mixture of the right and left-handed molecules (i.e., 50% levomethamphetamine and 50% dextromethamphetamine). Both dextromethamphetamine and racemic methamphetamine are schedule II controlled substances in the United States. Similarly, the production, distribution, sale, and possession of methamphetamine is restricted or illegal in many other countries due to its placement in schedule II of the United Nations Convention on Psychotropic Substances treaty. In contrast, levomethamphetamine is an over-the-counter drug in the United States.
a.k.a.: Meth, Ice, Crank, Shard, Crystal, Beannies, Brown, Chalk, Chicken feed, Cinnamon, Crink, Crypto, and Fast
Crystal meth is short for crystal methamphetamine. It is just one form of the drug methamphetamine.
Methamphetamine is a white crystalline drug that people take by snorting it (inhaling through the nose), smoking it or injecting it with a needle. Some even take it orally, but all develop a strong desire to continue using it because the drug creates a false sense of happiness and well-being—a rush (strong feeling) of confidence, hyperactiveness and energy. One also experiences decreased appetite. These drug effects generally last from six to eight hours, but can last up to twenty-four hours.
The first experience might involve some pleasure, but from the start, methamphetamine begins to destroy the user’s life.
In low doses, methamphetamine can cause an elevated mood and increase alertness, concentration, and energy in fatigued individuals. At higher doses, it can induce psychosis, rhabdomyolysis and cerebral hemorrhage. Methamphetamine is known to have a high potential for abuse and addiction. Heavy recreational use of methamphetamine may result in psychosis or lead to post-acute-withdrawal syndrome, a withdrawal syndrome that can persist for months beyond the typical withdrawal period. Unlike amphetamine, methamphetamine is neurotoxic to humans, damaging both dopamine and serotonin neurons in the CNS. Contrary to the long-term use of amphetamine, there is evidence that methamphetamine causes brain damage from long-term use in humans; this damage includes adverse changes in brain structure and function, such as reductions in grey matter volume in several brain regions and adverse changes in markers of metabolic integrity.
Someone who takes Crystal Meth in small doses will feel energetic, faster, more confident, and stronger. In time, these effects will diminish and the user takes a higher dose in order to experience the drug's euphoric effects again. As one continues to abuse crystal meth, they may become nervous and unpredictable, calm and friendly for a moment, then furious and threatening the next. Often the effects of Crystal Meth will cause the user to become delusional, paranoid, hostile, and feel rage. Another one of Crystal Meth's effects includes repetitive behavior. Someone who is on this drug may draw, write, apply and reapply makeup, or pick at their skin for hours on end.
A meth lab is a laboratory that is used to illegally produce methamphetamine. Rolling meth labs are often moved to a secluded location where the strong, toxic fumes of methamphetamine manufacture cannot be detected and where the toxic manufacturing byproducts can be discarded. They are sometimes designed to manufacture the drug while the lab is traveling.
Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug, meaning it gives you a sense of alertness. It also can cause paranoia, insomnia, mood swings, loss of weight, loss of teeth, abscess sores to the skin along with other ill effects. Long-time usage can lead to permanent changes in personality leaving a person with clinical depression issues. Meth in the old days was predominately manufactured by outlaw biker gangs and was a lengthy process. These days most of the major manufactures of methamphetamine are Mexican drug cartel members due to the fact that ephedrine is not controlled in Mexico like it is now in the U.S. The method of cooking (manufacturing) meth has been refined so much these days that it is as simple as using two large plastic soda bottles, some plastic tubing and some locally bought chemicals. Two hours later you have methamphetamine ready to use. Some of the these chemicals used when someone is cooking meth will be Coleman Fuel, large amount of matches, (the strike plates contain red phosphorous), Red Devil lye, Heet fuel treatment, iodine, (from either tincture of iodine or bought locally at a veterinarians office which is used to strengthen horse hooves.), and cold tablets which contain pseudoephedrine. The combination of some of the chemicals can cause explosions and fires. It can also become toxic if inhaled. All these are found at most any of our local stores.