The “Crystal Method”

METHAMPHETAMINES:

ALSO: CRANK, CRYSTAL, SPEED, METH, C.R., GO, GO FAST, GEEK, GACK, GEET, RED ROCK, TWEAK, SHABU, HIRRPOPON, BATU, AMP, PEANUT BUTTER, PROPE DOPE, P2P, POOR MAN'S COKE, PINK GLASS, CHALK, ZIP

SMOKERS

ALSO: LOKER, BULB BABY, BULBER, CHORE BOY, HITTER:

 Inhaled use

 Smoking methamphetamines through a glass pipe is the most efficient way to take the drug because little of the drug is lost, leaving it quite concentrated.  However, smoking speed is very dangerous because heating the compound increases the rate of chemical reaction. Thus the compound reacts to itself and to other constituents (impurities).  There is great potential for fire hazard because of this reactivity.  The risk of overdose is also increased because often times the user is unaware of the toxic effects being produced.  The drug is consumed faster by smoking (3 seconds to reach the brain!) than by other methods.  The problem with smoking meth is that it hits the bulb hitter's brain so quickly that they wouldn't even realize if they've overdosed.     

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EFFECTS:

            Smokers experience an exhilarating high or rush, similar to the elation of intravenous users. Methamphetamine is a so biologically appealing that animals will choose to receive meth over fufilling basic needs, such as eating, sleeping, and reproducing.  The potential for addiction is enormous and immediate.  After some time has elapsed, the user could experience toxic effects.  Sweating, shaking, temperature increases, dry mouth, and headaches often accompany these effects.

 

            Smoking meth seems to be less physically detectable than other methods, thus more attractive to some users.  A bulb baby may seem quite coherent, outwardly stable, and confident.  On the other hand, the tweaker may exhibit any number of positive psychotic traits, delusions, and hallucinations.   These traits, of course, will vary with the individual.

            The method of use has influence upon the intensity, duration, and quality of effects achieved by the user.  Interestingly, smoking methamphetamine is regarded with suspicion and looked down upon by many recreational methamphetamine users.  People who smoke speed are scorned by other because somehow this style of use seems more "junked out" than, say, snorting fat rocks does.

 

SNORTERS:

ALSO: GACKERS, GEETERS, TWEAKERS, RAILS, TRAIN TRACKS, RAILING DOWN, LIGHTNING BOLTS, SNORTING FAT ROCKS:

Intranasal use

 

Intranasal methamphetamine use is a common method of administration. Snorting takes about 6 seconds for the drug to cross the blood/brain barrier. The substance is readily routed to the brain via free nerve endings in the epithelial layer (mucous layer) within the nose (include visuals).  Though this harsh chemical agent will damage these nerve endings and diminish the capacity for olfactory perception (sense of smell), it is a lucky coincidence that these fibers regenerate every 5 to 8 weeks.  The olfactory system is one of our most primitive sensory systems, and requires no thalamic relay (neuronal routing within the brain).  For this reason, the drug acts upon the brain quite quickly.

 

EFFECTS:

"Riding the Rails" wears heavily on the body.  Because of the close proximity that the sinuses and nasal areas share with the eyes, the eyes will water and become irritated.  The famous "Black Basketball" pupils are, of course, pronounced, and the eyes give telling physical indications of meth use.                           

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As the drug works its way down the back of the throat, a ghastly burn and taste is experienced.  This is sometimes accompanied by a numbing effect.  It is common to gag at the taste or even vomit.

 

SHOOTERS: 

ALSO: BANGERS, SLAMMERS, THROWING DARTS, HOOKING UP, FRESHIES, ARROWS, POINTS:

Intravenous use

            Throwing darts is definitely the most intimidating and risky method of drug use.  From the early Vick's inhaler days of amphetamines in the 1930's, people have derived pleasurable effects from "shooting" meth.  The trademark characteristic of intravenous drug use, such as morphine or heroin, is the powerful euphoria immediately experienced.  Slammers dissolve the drug into solution to eliminate the impurities from the product, then siphon the solute into a cotton.  The liquid would then be drawn up into a "rig" and administered into a vein. (visual)

EFFECTS:

            The most obvious problem with intravenous drug use is the potential for overdose and contamination.  Hepatitis C is a recent development, largely attributed to the sharing of needles.  The AIDS virus can be communicated through the blood via "dirty" or contaminated points.

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