Methamphetamine vs. Crystal Meth
Meth is a powdery substance that can be snorted or swallowed, but distributors often prepared into a crystalline form called crystal meth. Also known as rocks, ice, or glass, crystal meth can be crushed and snorted, smoked, or melted and injected intravenously.
What Happens When You Use Meth
When consumed, both meth and crystal meth induces an energizing high similar to other stimulants. It does this by triggering the release of a large amount of dopamine. Unfortunately, the energy and euphoria experienced is artificially induced and wears off just as quickly as the body processes the drug. A desire to achieve the same effects time and again can lead to a meth addiction or dependence.
It only takes a few months of heavy meth use for the severe effects of meth use to become visible to the naked eye. Meth users are often identified via “meth mouth”, which is severe damage caused to the teeth and gums from smoking methamphetamine. When looking at before and after photos of a meth user that may have only been taken months apart, they almost become unrecognizable.