Methamphetamine Effects

Effects of MethamphetamineMethamphetamine is a stimulant psychoactive drug together with nicotine, caffeine, crack cocaine and Ritalin among others. These drugs, when ingested into the body, speed up the functioning of the central nervous system and the brain.

Use

Methamphetamine may be administered in controlled/regulated doses by qualified doctors to treat attention deficit disorder, certain types of obesity and asthma due to its potential in jolting the body and brain into action.

Abuse

Abusers of methamphetamine take very high quantities of the drug, too often, with other substances which increase its effects as well as administering high quantities into the body through means which deliver the drug faster into the blood stream such as: insufflation, placing under the tongue, injection and suppository.

Methamphetamine effects

The following comprise physical and psychological effects induced by methamphetamine (also called: crystal meth, glass, batunas, meth, shaboo, crystal etc):

• Increased heart beat – exhibited in a rapid heart rate
• Increased breathing
• Higher respiration rate
• Headaches
• Hallucinations and paranoia
• Increased feeling of well being and boosted self esteem
• A surge in energy
• Increased concentration and self awareness
• Compulsive aggressive actions
• Increased digestion, liver and kidney functions
• Raise body temperatures which cause sweating
• Trembling
• Incoherent speech
• Increased sensitivity on the skin
• Painful stomach contractions
• Lack of sleep and appetite
• Increases visual and sensory perceptions

The effects of crystal meth are accentuated by the presence of:

• An overactive thyroid gland
• High blood pressure
• High breathing
• Loss of consciousness
• Mental illnesses
• Presence of other stimulant drugs
• Gastro intestinal complications

Methamphetamine addiction

Prolonged intake of crystal meth increases tolerance and the person is forced to increase their dosage each time they take the drug so that they can reach the same effects they had previously with lesser amounts. This develops into a physical and psychological compulsion which is characterized by withdrawal symptoms whenever methamphetamine intake is reduced or stopped. This is called addiction and only through professional treatment can it be overcome.

Withdrawal symptoms

• Depression
• Chills
• Trembling
• Confusion
• Lowered breathing, heart rate and other automatic body processes
• Intense headaches
• Hunger
• Reduced concentration and alertness
• Extreme paranoia

Addiction effects

A methamphetamine addict exhibits the following symptoms:

• General poor physical health inclusive of extreme weight loss because of poor feeding and the fact that the drug overworks the body causing it to burn up all that is ingested
• Panting
• Very rapid heart rate and consequently high blood pressure
• Bleeding gums and nose due to the destruction of oral and nasal tissue by the drug while being administered into the body
• They might have contracted hepatitis B, HIV/AIDS or other blood transmitted diseases due to unhealthy sharing of injection needles
• Marks all over their arms where they inject the drug into
• Serious gastrointestinal complications
• Kidney and liver malfunctions
• Confusion, extreme hallucinations and paranoia which can turn into schizophrenia etc

Overdose

An overdose occurs when the drug levels in the body turn lethal due to too much being in the body or a certain bodily condition being worsened by the presence of the drug. An overdose can cause instant death or permanent organ destruction.