The drug referred to as “ice” is a form of methamphetamine, a powerful and addictive stimulant that is sold and used illicitly.
When methamphetamine is produced, then further refined and allowed to crystallize, it becomes “ice” methamphetamine. When the drug doesn’t go through this additional process, it is sold and used as a powder or chunky substance.
Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant drug
- Meth has some legitimate uses as a prescription drug, but most drug dealers make it themselves in labs, using dangerous chemicals and over-the-counter medications.
- This mix is transformed into meth and isn’t the same as the legitimate drug doctors prescribe.
- The chemicals used in meth can have irreversible negative effects on the body as well as the brain.
What Is Meth?
Meth is used to stimulate the central nervous system and it can increase energy and alertness. It releases dopamine into the brain, producing an overall blissful feeling.
It can also decrease the appetite as well as thirst. Crystal, crank or go-fast are just a few street names for the drug. It comes in either a yellowish powder or a crystal-formed nugget.
Meth is made up of legally obtained items such as ephedrine, which is commonly found in decongestants. Other chemicals used include battery acid, drain cleaner, and red phosphorus. When these ingredients are combined or cooked they produce toxic gases, which are highly flammable and can cause explosions.
What Does Meth Do to Your Brain & Body
Meth affects the reward, judgment and memory centers of the brain. Meth produces more dopamine than other pleasurable activities. In the long-term, it will take more of the drug to get the same pleasurable feeling. Over time, the judgment and memory centers of the brain will not function properly because of the decreased dopamine level, along with lack of sleep and nourishment. The user may then become violent or use poor judgment. He or she may also have to change the way they use the drug. For example, one might consider injecting the drug to obtain the same level of euphoria.
- Meth Changes Over the Long Term. How meth damages or changes the brain after it is used for a long period of time.
- Long-Term Effects on the Brain. The long term use of meth and how it affects the brain.
- Meth Brain Flash. Diagrams and information about dopamine and how it is released by using methamphetamine.
Long term meth use can damage the body permanently. It suppresses the urge to eat and drink. At first, losing a little weight may be unnoticeable to a user but eventually, the user will become malnourished.
This can cause problems like rotting teeth, muscle loss, and anemia. The immune system will not function properly and blood flow can even slow down, causing skin problems such as acne or open sores. Using meth can speed up the heart rate and over a period of time, it can damage the heart. This increases the risk of a stroke or heart attack. Toxic chemicals used in making meth can make a user’s hair fall out and can also cause breathing problems.
Crystal methamphetamine is pure enough to burn so it is usually smoked.
Some users also dissolve crystal meth and inject it but many drug users still attach a stigma to injection drug use.
The impurities in powdered meth do not allow it to burn. Powdered meth can be snorted, ingested or be dissolved and then injected.
When crystal meth is burned and the smoke is inhaled, a brief, intense rush is reported. When a person uses powder meth and injects it, they get a similar rush. Snorting powder meth produces a longer high without the initial rush.
Crystal meth can be called by many different names, depending on where you are. Here is a list of the most common names: Batu, Blade, Cristy, Crystal glass, Hot ice, LA glass, LA ice, Quartz, Shabu, Shards, Stovetop, Super ice, Tina, Ventana.