The highly addictive odorless substance which resembles shiny blue-white rocks and is often known as ice, Tina or glass is nothing but a colorless form of d-methamphetamine. In other words the chemical n-methyl-1-phenyl-propan-2-amine (C10H15N) is known as methamphetamine – and in its crystalline form it is known as “meth” and since Crystal meth is usually purer than the powdered methamphetamine, it leaves longer euphoric effect. The vast potential of its abuse makes it necessary to be categorized as Schedule II drug which cannot be refilled and can be obtained through a doctor’s prescription only.
Often used by females to shed their extra kilograms due to its weight loosing properties, it’s also used by young adults at the clubs and related events and by the drug abusers because of its long lasting (12 hours approx.) euphoria effects. This drug can be snorted, injected, swallowed but it’s usually smoked in glass pipes, similar to how crack cocaine is taken. The repeated usage of this drug increases the chances of its addiction specifically when chemical and molecular changes start occurring in the brain of the user. The release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter (kind of a brain chemical) is augmented and its reuptake halts under the effect of methamphetamine. In the interpretation of pleasure, motivation, reward etc…dopamine plays an important role and as such after taking Crystal meth, sudden rush of dopamine in the brain’s reward region gives a sense of ecstasy to the user.
Diarrhea, bradycardia, constipation, anorexia, dizziness, insomnia, hypertension, numbness, flushing, hypotension, acne are some of the physical effects of meth whereas hallucinations, anxiety, aggressiveness, increased libido, psychomotor agitation, paranoia are some its psychological bearings. An over dosage may sometimes be fatal. Its addiction or regular usage can also cause Meth Mouth which is a condition of loosing teeth faster than normal.
The reasons what make crystal meth so addictive can be attributed to its power of making the person feel great. In the beginning the user feels good for up to 12 hours and then as time flies by, after frequent uses, the same dose does not have the similar effect it did initially and as such more and more of meth is needed to get the same feeling. With regard to its withdrawal symptoms which may include insomnia, fatigue, moodiness, hunger, anxiety, agitation etc…it can be said that they are in direct proportion to the addiction period.