All About Meth
Crystal meth, meth, speed, crank, ice, glass, or Tina are all interchangeable names for methamphetamine. Meth belongs to a family of drugs called amphetamines—powerful stimulants that speed up the body's central nervous system.
What it's like?
In general, meth makes you feel alert, energetic, confident and euphoric. Meth can be a powerful antidepressant and aphrodisiac. In a sexual context, gay and bi men can also feel extremely horny, driven for sexual release, and often submissive. You may feel little need for food or sleep when high, and people often use for days on end, so dehydration, malnutrition and lack of sleep are major factors related to the harms associated with continued use.
Meth changes your brain chemistry in significant ways. Meth is a strong central nervous system stimulant. It dramatically increases levels of dopamine, a brain chemical (neurotransmitter) associated with pleasure and movement. The excess of dopamine produces intense subjective sensations of euphoria, well being, sexual desire, and confidence. Dopamine is also involved in the reward center of the brain and acts as a behavior reinforcer, which makes just about everything someone does on meth seem enjoyable.
Using ItIt's worth pointing out that most guys choose not to use meth. Sometimes this is because guys have no interest in it. Sometimes this is because guys know how dangerous meth can be, and they don't think the risks are worth it. So what are the risks? Aside from the racing heart rate, you can damage the small veins in your brain, and the risk of having a stroke increases. Overdoses, though not as common with meth as with some other drugs, can lead to convulsions and even death. Unexpected bursts of violent behavior are not uncommon, especially with someone experiencing delusions from lack of sleep and not eating. Long periods of depression and isolation from friends are also very common with those who chronically use meth.
But we're realists and know that some people will use meth, and that's why we are here. If you decide to use meth, we want you to be as safe as you can be. We want to help you reduce the risks and avoid contracting HIV, Hepatitis C (HCV), STDs, or experiencing other harms associated with meth use.
We know people use meth for a variety of compelling reasons. You do it to party. You do it because you're offered it. You do it because you're curious. You do it because you're bored. You do it for the rush. You do it because it's taboo. You do it because you're depressed. You do it because you think it improves your productivity. You do it to lose weight. You do it to boost your self-esteem. You do it to fit in. You do it to cope with the stress of a new job, moving, racism, homophobia or HIV. You do it because it enhances your sex life. You do it because it's the best high you've ever had.
You may also find that you are way more willing to take risks when you are using meth that you wouldn't normally take. Using meth isn't cheap, and you may find yourself suffering financially if your use begins to be a regular part of your life. Meth can cause damage to most of the major organs—your liver, your brain, and your heart. Luckily for us, the human body is amazing and even small breaks from using can go a long way in improving one's health.
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