Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine (also known as meth, ice and crystal) is known for its strong stimulant effect on both the mind and body. Methamphetamine is used to treat ADD, though in Australia it is not prescribed as no pharmaceutical companies manufacture it but it is recognised for its medical benefits.  Australia has one of the world’s highest rates of usage when it comes to methamphetamine, throughout 2015 the media has dubbed Australia as having an ‘ice epidemic’. The drug can be taken orally, smoked, snorted or injected (IV).

Dosage

Oral

  • Light 5 – 15mg
  • Common 10-30mg
  • Strong 20-60mg
  • Heavy 40-150mg +

Insufflated

  • Light 5 – 15mg
  • Common 30-60mg
  • Strong 30 – 60mg
  • Heavy 50mg+

Smoked

  • Light 5 – 15mg
  • Common 30-60mg
  • Strong 30 – 60mg
  • Heavy 50mg+

Intravenous

  • Light 5 – 10mg
  • Common 10 – 40mg
  • Strong 30 – 60mg
  • Heavy 50 – 100mg

Duration

Duration depends on metabolic rate, tolerance, dosage and how methamphetamine is taken. This is a general guideline.

Oral

  • Onset 20 – 70 minutes
  • Duration 3 – 5 hours
  • Coming Down 2 – 6 hours
  • Normal After Effects up to 24 hours

Insufflated

  • Onset 5 – 10 minutes
  • Duration 2 – 4 hours
  • Coming Down 2 – 6 hours
  • Normal After Effects up to 24 hours

Smoked

  • Onset 0 – 2 minutes
  • Duration 1 – 3 hours
  • Coming Down 2 – 4 hours
  • Normal After Effects up to 24 hours

Injected

  • Onset 0 – 2 minutes
  • Duration 4 – 8 hours
  • Coming Down 2 – 4 hours
  • Normal After Effects up to 24 hours

Effects

Methamphetamine’s effects include alertness, increase in concentration, mood, sociability and libido. To more negative effects such as loss of appetite (poor nutrition), aggressiveness, itchiness and paranoia. Addiction liability of methamphetamine is high and with habitual use liver damage, brain damage and fatal kidney disorder can occur. For a full list of effects.
Resources Used

https://www.erowid.org/chemicals/meth/meth_faq.shtml

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/jun/05/methamphetamine-deaths-in-australia-have-jumped-significantly-report

https://wiki.tripsit.me/wiki/Methamphetamine

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legal_status_of_methamphetamine

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methamphetamine

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