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The Effects of Crystal Meth

The effects of crystal meth (Methamphetamine) can ruin a person’s life.

The main effects of crystal meth are produced from the drug’s effect on the central nervous system. Like cocaine, crystal meth floods the brain with dopamine. But crystal meth doesn’t stop there. The effects of crystal meth also influence the neurochemical functions that regulate heart rate, body temperature, blood pressure, appetite, attention, and mood. Users report, among other things, increased levels of energy, mental alertness, loss of appetite, obsessive-compulsive behavior, inability to sleep, and euphoria.

The effects of crystal meth on the gastrointestinal system can be disastrous. Since one of the effects of crystal meth is to inhibit appetite and slow down or stop the digestive-tract movement, chronic meth users are often malnourished and can in time become emaciated. They can also suffer from severe constipation, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.

Effects of Crystal Meth
Effects of Crystal Meth

The cardiovascular system is also very much a victim of the effects of crystal meth. Not only does the drug itself work to put a strain on cardiovascular system, but also, the effects resulting from staying up for days increase the pressure on the heart (and the body in general) by forcing it to perform under unnatural conditions. These effects of crystal meth can easily lead to hyperthermia, stroke, coma, or death.

Effects of crystal meth, as a result of the way in which the drug interacts with the body and behavior, can also include (but are not limited to): paranoia, hallucinations, delusions of parasites under the skin, dry mouth, extreme depression and moodiness, false sense of power, decreased attention, withdrawal from family and friends, and all manner of life destroying feelings and behaviors.

Like Icarus who flew too close to the Sun, the lives of users of crystal meth crash violently when the effects of crystal meth finally take their toll.