There are different types of amphetamines out there and it seems that they are known by dozens of names instead of one or just a few names. When used these stimulants will actually speed up the central nervous system and act like adrenaline (a naturally produced hormone by the human body). There are other drugs that upon usage, will yield the same effects and they number caffeine, ephedrine, ecstasy, cocaine and so on.
Numbering the types of amphetamines currently out there, they are: dextroamphetamine, metamphetamine and amphetamine. Their street names are uppers, pep pills, crank, crystal, glass, bennies and speed.
The first time amphetamine was introduced was in the nineteen thirties and back then it was used as a remedy for nasal congestion and it was sold as an over the counter medication under the name of Benzedrine. At that time, this drug was also used in order to treat depression and obesity. Between the nineteen thirties and until the seventies, many types of this drug were actually made available.
Eventually people found out that even though there are benefits of using the drug, they are offset by the side effects which lead to addiction and caused more harm than good overall. In the nineteen seventies new laws surrounding this drug were adopted which practically restricted the medical use of these drugs. Nowadays, methylphenidate and dextroamphetamine are only made for medical purposes. The rest of the amphetamines are being produced in illicit labs.
Amphetamines are bitter tasting crystalline powders, they are odorless and white in color. When they are prepared illicitly their purity will vary. They can be chunks, crystals or a coarse powder and may feature traces of pin and gray. Their smell is similar to that of ammonia or they can smell like fish. In terms of looks, they resemble clear rock salt or shaved glass slivers and can be taken as pills, sniffed, smoked or injected.
When they were available easily, people used them in order to stay awake and back then athletes, students and truck drivers were the ones to use them most. Recently though, it seems that soldiers were also given amphetamines for endurance in battle and in some cases, individuals with eating disorders may use them in order to lose weight.
After people will inject these drugs, they will experience a rush of pleasure that is similar to that of an electric shock or orgasm. They will experience power, creativity, excitement, euphoria, alertness and will have a decreased appetite. Sex drive can also be altered. Generally, users will also experience one or more of the following: irritability, depression, confusion, dizziness and restlessness. On top of that, there is also the possibility of experiencing hallucinations, distorted perceptions and paranoia.
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Those who delve into amphetamine runs of 3 to 5 days will experience euphoria which will soon be replaced by agitation not the 2nd day, along with exhaustion and scary visual images. In some cases people will experience psychosis which can lead to uncontrollable violent behaviors which are similar to paranoid schizophrenia. To differentiate this type of psychosis from the regular schizophrenia is very hard and that is why people will require to go through an urine test in order to have their diagnosis confirmed. If people will use amphetamine for a long period of time, they will experience what is known as a "crash". Eventually, this can lead to depression and suicidal thoughts.
For those who want to recover from meth addiction, they will certainly need to try using schisandra, ashwaganda, Siberian ginseng and Licorice. Herbs which are over stimulating though should be avoided, because the body has already been stimulated long enough and generally, it just needs to be calmed down and nourished.
Sweating for a proper detoxification
Among the best ways to remove the toxins caused by meth from the body is to sweat. Sweating through exercise and saunas thus are one of the best ways of doing so. If the person though is pregnant, has intolerance to heat, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart related conditions, they should not use saunas as a detoxification method. If the individual is healthy, a 20 minute sweat followed by a rinsing with cold water can be done daily to promote health.
As people can see, getting detoxified from meth use is not hard and it can easily be done. With proper care, attention and by respecting the detoxification rules, everyone who previously used meth can live a normal life again.