methMeth is a widely used street drug that seems to be gaining popularity at a dangerous rate amongst the ignorant who unfortunately don’t know any better. The facts pertaining to this narcotic are worth looking into, as it a very hard drug with equally hard side effects. Here is a list of frequently asked questions, paired with not often answered questions that are necessary in taking a look at.

1. How does meth directly affect the body?

Meth maintains its high by causing the body to release copious amounts of dopamine. Dopamine is the chemical reaction in your brain that’s responsible for feelings such as pleasure and motivation. You can see how use of meth will deplete the body of its necessary stores of dopamine, rendering the user to feel deeply depressed, causing a decline in motor skills and over all brain damage. On top of this, heart attack, stroke and even death can occur due to the stimulant effects of meth because it causes the heart to race and the blood vessels to constrict. Long term use of meth leads to paranoia, hallucinations (of a paranoid nature mainly), psychosis, aggression and delusions. Besides the effects from intake of the drug itself, there’s another factor to be discussed and that is the preparation of meth. During preparation of meth, because the cook is likely high on the drug and dealing with explosive type chemicals for ingredients, there’s a chance the cook could be left severely burned and/or disfigured. This is compounded by the fact that in every one pound of meth production is five pounds of toxic waste which will poison anyone exposed to it. As you can see, the capacity of detrimental effects on your body is quite obvious from this drug.

2. What does meth withdrawal look like?

Meth withdrawal is a painful process that looks like a combination of immense discomfort, teeth grinding, decreased energy, night sweats, a dark and deep depression, anxiety, cravings, and irritability.

3. How addictive is meth?

Meth is the top addictive stimulant on the market. The cravings as well as atrocious withdrawal symptoms make keeping usage at a strictly recreational level pretty difficult to maintain for the user. The tolerance soon builds, and before you know it you’ve got an addicted meth user unable to kick the habit by any means. This is, sadly, the all too common and inevitable situation which ensues from someone who might unsuspectingly venture into trying it “just this once”.

4. What is “tweaking”?

Tweaking is a term used to describe when a user is high on meth and enters into a pretty frantic state, where they could act aggressive or go into compulsive behavior on some particular activity. This sometimes can lead to hallucinatory paranoia of an extreme nature.

5. How does meth differ from other stimulants (namely cocaine)?

If you take into account that a meth high can last up to 24 hours in comparison to the 20 to 30 minutes a cocaine high lasts, and add to the fact that it takes the body roughly 12 hours to remove 50 percent of meth versus only one hour for cocaine, then you’re looking at a pretty wide difference in strength and power here between the two. Another factor involved here is that while cocaine is natural and plant derived, meth is a synthetic drug. This could attribute to why cocaine allows the brain to recapture dopamine and meth, instead, causes the brain receptor cells to release an enzyme that destroys extra dopamine.