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ways guys do meth

 

 

Guys do speed in a few different ways. Basically, the way we do it depends on two things: what form the crystal's in and which orifice we put the drug in. To oversimplify things a bit further, if the crystal is a solid, liquid or gas determines which hole we use, or hole we have to create, to get it into our bodes so we can get high.

Each way of doing the drug involves different preparation, different tools, a different ritual. How we get crystal into our bodies changes the time it takes to kick in – some methods deliver the drug to our brains faster. Please remember, faster isn’t necessarily better. Faster can also mean more potential harms.

 

Here's the deal:

Swallowing | Snorting | Smoking | Booty Bumping | Hot Railing | Slamming


Swallowing

How it’s done:
Crystal can be done in pill form by putting it into those empty gelatin capsules available at most health food stores. People mix it into water, juice, soda, or add it to coffee to make ‘trucker coffee.’ Then there’s ‘parachuting’ - the meth is wrapped in a small bit of toilet or tissue paper then swallowed.

Time to get off:  about 20-30 minutes – slow and gentle.

Things to watch out for:

Swallowing involves the fewest risks. However, it’s not without risk. There are often contaminants in speed so your gut has to contend with them.  Luckily, our bodies have a built-in safety mechanism for anything we might swallow - if it's dangerous or sickening, we tend to throw it up or vomit it out. All drugs we take by mouth are absorbed through the gut and that takes time.  The positive and negative effects of the drugs can be or feel less extreme; however, the effects tend to last longer. Swallowing meth can be rough on you if you've got ulcers or other digestive problems.
 
Strategies to reduce possible harms:
Only you know the source of the crystal you've got and the amount you wanna swallow. So, fill the pill yourself. If you're partying with a new buddy or a roomful of strangers, maybe think twice about taking a pill someone hands you. Same thing goes for drinking it in juice or water or whatever - mix your own cocktail!

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Snorting

How it’s done:
This is a common method of use, often the way guys use crystal the first time. The shards of crystal are chopped up or crushed into a powder. The powder is inhaled into the nose through a straw, hollowed out ballpoint pen or, if you're feeling old school and kinda disco, a rolled up bill. Once inside the nose and sinuses, the drug is absorbed by the blood vessels.

Time to get off:  about 3-5 minutes.

Things to watch out for:

The lining of the nasal passages is fairly delicate and can be injured easily. This can lead to nose bleeds, sinus trouble, and in some cases permanent damage to the nasal structure. Sharing straws or bills can transmit all types of germs from the common cold to possibly Hepatitis C (and theoretically HIV).

Strategies to reduce possible harms:
Chop it up fine, fine, fine! Big chunks in your nasal passages don't get absorbed and can cause tissue damage. Don’t share straws or bills. If you’re trapped on a desert island and have to share a straw, clean between use.  At a certain point, snorting becomes an ineffective way of delivering the drug because the nasal passages can’t absorb any more of the drug due to congestion, over-use or tissue damage. It’s best not to snort speed like it’s coke – try to lengthen the time between hits. Or switch the way you do it and try swallowing it.

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Smoking

How it’s done:
The drug is heated in a glass pipe, bowl or stem until it becomes gaseous ("smoke"). It's then inhaled into the lungs. The "smoke" enters the blood stream via the lungs.

Time to get off:  about 7-10 seconds.


Things to watch out for:
Smoke of any kind irritates the lungs. Prolonged irritation can lead to breathing difficulties and coughing. People with asthma, emphysema, and other lung problems are particularly at risk for these effects. If you're smoking speed, you' re going to end up consuming larger quantities of the drug much faster than if you are snorting or swallowing. Keep in mind, the time to get off is much quicker and the high is more intense than when swallowing or snorting speed.

 
Strategies to reduce possible harms:
Before you hit the pipe, decide how much product you're going to use. And then stick to that amount.  Too challenging, you say? Maybe you can try to  decrease the frequency of hitting the pipe after your first hit.

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Booty Bumping

How it’s done:
There are two ways this works.  In the first, think turkey baster!  With some acrobatics thrown in for good measure. The crystal is dissolved in water and a syringe without the needle is used to “bump” this solution of crystal into your butt hole. The other way is to push a small shard or a fingertip covered with powdered crystal into your butt.  Either way, the drug is absorbed by the blood vessels in the lining of the rectum.

Time to get off:  about 3-5 minutes.

Things to watch out for:
If you bottom after booty bumping, you're likely to have something besides your absorbent blood vessels and his big dick up your butt. You're also gonna have an abrasive powder which can increase chances for internal abrasion and condom breakage. If there's no condom on that dick,  the risk for abrasions both in your rectum and on his dick goes up. This increases the chance for exchange of blood. Damage to the mucous membranes that line your rectum, like burning or tearing, can put you at higher risk of giving or getting HIV and other STDs.

Strategies to reduce possible harms:
If you booty-bump and bottom make sure he has a condom on. Make sure you use clean water to dissolve the speed. Don’t share booty bump syringes – you could be sharing shit which could give you hepatitis, parasites or other diseases.

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Hot Railing

How it’s done:
The tip of a short glass stem, or the middle of longer stem, is heated until it’s red-hot. The end of the stem is placed over a bump or line. The heat vaporizes the speed and the vapor is inhaled, usually through the nose.

Time to get off:  similar to smoking, about 7-10 seconds.

Things to watch out for:

As with smoking, the vapor can definitely irritate your lungs. You rail through your nose, so there’s irritation of the nasal passages to consider. The stem will be very very hot, and can burn you or someone else.

Strategies to reduce possible harms:
The stem used for railing could, theoretically, be contaminated with blood or other body fluids containing HIV and Hep C. Have your own stem and, if you have to share, try and wash the stem between uses and users. To avoid burns, keep your eyes on the hot stem before, during and after railing. To prevent burning down your house, have a glass or metal dish to put the hot stem on after you've done your hit.

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Slamming

How it’s done:
Crystal is injected directly into the veins with a needle and syringe, often called a "rig" or, though rarely among speed users, "works". Other ways of injecting drugs are "muscling" - injection of the drug into muscle - and "skin popping" - injecting the drug under the skin. Muscling and skin popping are not recommended because crystal won't absorb through muscle or skin. You won’t get high and it’s almost a guarantee for an abscess.

Time to get off:  about 15-30 seconds.

Things to watch out for:

If we're talking about the risk of infection, slamming is the most dangerous way to use.  Injecting bypasses all the defenses our bodies have to protect the blood supply. We all have bacteria on our skin so if you inject you can develop an abscess after this bacteria gets under your skin. Sharing rigs increases risk of giving or getting Hep B, Hep C and HIV. Any contaminants in the crystal will be injected directly into the bloodstream.

Strategies to reduce possible harms:
We've got an entire section about reducing risks associated with slamming so click here.

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