While most drugs of abuse are made from plants such as Marijuana (hemp plant), Cocaine (cocoa leaves), Heroin (poppy plants), Peyote (cactus), and alcohol (grains); Methamphetamine is a 100% chemically synthetic drug made from pure pharmaceuticals.
There are 3 different formulations made in the United States:
Red (strawberry) – Made from red phosphorus
White – Made from ephedrine and pseudoephedrine (Sudafed)
Blue – Made from Iodine and Hydrochloric acid
Nicknames include: Ice, Crank, Crystal glass, Crystal meth, meth, Christina, Tina, Cris, Christy, Poor men’s coke, Redneck Cocaine.
Methamphetamine is normally smoked in glass pipes but can be taken orally, nasally, or injected.
Chemicals used to make methamphetamine are:
Ammonia from fertilizer
Lithium removed from inside batteries
Methamphetamine was developed in Asia by a chemist named Nagayoshi Nagai and was used in during World War II with the tank crews to keep them awake during the war. Later it was widely used in Japan to treat narcolepsy, obesity, alcoholism, and Parkinsonism until it was banned by the Minister of Health in 1951.
Crystal meth can destroy a user’s life in a few months side effects include:
Vasoconstriction, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, pupil dilation,
anxiety, psychosis, tremulous, hallucinations, paranoia, weight loss, sleeplessness, premature aging, depression suicidal ideation. The most prevalent outward sign is severe tooth decay from the loss of saliva in the mouth.
“Tweaking” is the term for a condition caused by crystal methamphetamine and the symptoms include: twitched, jaw clenching, repetitive behavior, and feeling of bugs crawling under the skin.
Long term effects include symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease
Hitler in the last 3 years of his life was injecting crystal methamphetamine daily as prescribed by his physician for the treatment of depression and fatigue. It is questionable if his Parkinson’s symptoms were really caused by the disease or by his methamphetamine use.
1 pound of crystal methamphetamine produces 5 pounds of toxic waste being discarded in the environment.