#6 – Methamphetamine
Methamphetamine, commonly known as just ‘Meth’ is part of the amphetamine family of drugs, which stimulate the brain and nervous system in a similar way to cocaine and ‘speed’. Meth has stronger effects that last longer than the classical speed (amphetamine sulphate) and is a ‘Class A’ drug.
The crystal form of methamphetamine, sometimes called Crystal Meth or Ice is a purer form of methamphetamine and gives a very intense ‘high’ similar to crack cocaine but lasts much longer – between 4 and 12 hours. For this reason, Meth is one of the most addictive recreational drugs that exist.
Some Quick Facts About Methamphetamine
- Methamphetamine was created by a Japanese chemist called Nagai Nagayoshi in 1893
- It was used by in World War II by allied and axis forces to help combat fatigue and aid productivity
- Postive effects of taking meth can include feeling very up, exhilarated, alert and awake. Negative effects can include feeling agitated, paranoid, confused and aggressive. Other reported effects include a reduced appetite and an increased libido
- Although not illegal in all jurisdiction, laws were passed in the United States in 1983 prohibiting possession of precursors and equipment for methamphetamine production