Sunday November 23rd 2014

Snorting meth

Snorting, or nasal insufflation, is one of the ways in which meth (methamphetamine) can be ingested. In fact, snorting is often preferred because of the speed at which it metabolizes. But if you are considering snorting meth, you should be aware of the effects it has on your body and brain.

The following is a review of what occurs in the body when snorting meth, as well as the dangers and safety concerns of this practice. We welcome questions about snorting meth or helping meth addiction at the end of this article.  We try to answer all legitimate questions with a personal reply ASAP.

Meth: What are you really snorting?

The active ingredients in methamphetamine are pseudoephedrine or ephedrine, ingredients generally used as antihistamines or allergy medicines. In addition to these chemicals, the meth that people snort for recreation also includes other dangerous chemical compounds. Quite often, in order to make this street drug, those who cook it use ordinary substances around the home ore easily purchased to produce the drug. Some of these items include: acetone, rubbing alcohol, iodine, starter fluid (used for its ether), gas additives (which contain methanol), drain cleaners,( for its sulfuric acid), match tips (they contain red phosphorus), lye, paint thinner, rock salt and lithium from batteries.

How does snorting meth affect the body?

Once methamphetamine is introduced into the system you can experience an increases in energy, making one extremely alert, while also decreasing appetite. There is also an intense rush, or sense of euphoria that is felt almost immediately. These pleasurable sensations are why people ingest meth.  However, you also risk an overdose on meth, stroke, and irreversible damage to the brain when you snort meth.

Snorting meth to get high

The euphoria from meth is caused when the methamphetamine causes high levels of dopamine to be released in the area of the brain which controls the feelings of pleasure. How long does meth work?  Methamphetamine effects can last up to 12 hours. However, chronic use of methamphetamine causes a tolerance to build up. When this happens, the user needs to take higher doses in order to achieve the desired effect. Taking it more frequently or using other methods than snorting to ingest the drug also help intensify the effect.

In extreme cases, the user will refrain from eating and sleeping and begin a “run,” which is a binge period in which they snort as much as a gram of methamphetamine every 2 to 3 hours over a period of several days.

Snorting meth vs. oral

The way in which methamphetamines are ingested alters the mood in different ways. For example, after a person either smokes or intravenously injects meth, he will experience an intense rush, also called “flash” which lasts only a few minutes, but is extremely pleasurable.

Snorting or ingesting meth orally also produces a sense of euphoria, but the intensity is not as great as when smoking or injecting. Snorting, however, results in a quicker effect of the drug, taking only 3 to 5 minutes to create the sensation. Orally ingesting meth can take as long as 20 minutes to create the desired effect.

Snorting meth side effects

Snorting methamphetamine, even in small doses, can cause increased wakefulness as well as a variety of cardiovascular reactions, including rapid or irregular heartbeats. Increased blood pressure is also quite common, as is hyperthermia, an elevation in body temperature. Short-term meth side effects may include:

  • decreased appetite
  • euphoria and rush
  • hyperthermia
  • increased activity and wakefulness
  • increased attention and decreased fatigue
  • increased respiration
  • rapid/irregular heartbeat

Snorting meth dangers

Perhaps the most insidious danger of snorting methamphetamine is that it results in addiction. In short, it causes the user to compulsively seek and use the drug while causing functional and molecular changes in the brain. Other dangers of chronic use include anxiety, confusion, insomnia, mood disturbance and violent behavior. Users can also exhibit paranoia, visual and auditory hallucinations, including delusions – such as the sensation of insects creeping under the skin. These effects may last for months or even years after the methamphetamine abuse has ended.

Methamphetamine abuse can also lead to an increased risk of stroke and irreversible damage to the brain.  Some of the long-term effects of snorting meth dangers include:

  • addiction
  • aggressive or violent behavior
  • changes in brain structure and function
  • memory Loss
  • mood disturbances
  • psychosis, including paranoia, hallucinations, repetitive motor activity
  • severe dental problems
  • weight loss

Snorting Meth Safely

No known use for snorting methamphetamine has been found to be useful or safe. The active ingredients in meth are already used to treat colds and allergies. Other forms of meth, very low doses administered under a doctor’s supervision, are used to treat narcolepsy, ADD and ADHD, but even these are ingested orally – not snorted.

Snorting meth questions

If you still have any questions about snorting meth, please let us know. We will try to respond to all meth questions with a personal and prompt reply.

Reference Sources: NIDA: Research Reports: Methampheatmine Abuse & Addiction
Drug Facts section of the Office of National Drug Control Policy: Methamphetamine 
Illinois State Attorney General Office: INGREDIENTS AND MATERIALS USED TO MAKE 

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28 Responses to “Snorting meth
mario
4:07 am March 9th, 2014

i need help i did 4 lines of meth with out even knowing i dont really do drugs.Cocain once in a while not really but anyways when i did it i thought i thought it was cocain please need help some info or some advice i did it like a week ago and feel like something bad is going to happen i feel terrible and a loser i always told myself i would never do meth !

10:25 am March 10th, 2014

Hello Mario. One time use puts you at less risk of meth abuse than regular use. I’d suggest that you follow up by speaking with a psychologist about drug use, if you are dealing with the guilt and shame of the behavior. And you can learn what drives you to drives, and what psycho-emotional issues you are dealing with. Check out this psychologist locator from the APA here: http://locator.apa.org/

Best of luck to you!

mario
6:32 pm March 12th, 2014

thank you for the info i thought i was going to die or something how much will that cost for psychologist

1:59 pm March 13th, 2014

Hi Mario. I guess it depends on where you live; psychologists can set up a sliding scale fee for you. Most cost somewhere from $50-$100 an hour, although I’ve personally received counseling at a cost of about $20 an hour when I was working with therapists in training. It was great!

mario
12:37 am March 14th, 2014

Thank you and one more question how long does meth stay in your system ?

mario
2:23 am March 14th, 2014

also will it effect me in the future even if i did it once

10:56 am March 14th, 2014

Hi Mario. You might be interested in checking out this article:
http://drug.addictionblog.org/how-long-does-meth-stay-in-your-system/
Generally, once a drug has passed through your system and is no longer active, it does not impact your health. The exception tends to be overdose, which when taking psychoactive substances, can provoke hallucination or psychosis. Check in with your doctor for a physical and medical exam (including blood and urine testing) for an internal organ check …. if for nothing else, than to set your mind at ease. :) Best to you, Mario!

mario
10:09 pm March 14th, 2014

Thank you so much Addiction blog for helping. :)

Stacey
2:19 am May 28th, 2014

I just bumped for the first time this last couple of days and yesterday my mouth felt like I had burnt my tongue with something hot. Well it’s gotten worse today and I can’t even eat. What would cause this to happen and what can I do about it??
Thanks

Lex
11:23 pm June 10th, 2014

I barely started using the drug but not often I bought my first 20 and I felt bad about myself but when I work it’s like magic I don’t use it on my day offs just mostly on Saturday nights and friday nights because it gets busy. Oh I’m a cook. Should I stop? I just like the pros I get from the blue hats and my bosses, makes me feel good.

7:43 am June 11th, 2014

Hi Lex. You’re describing the thin line between drug abuse and developing a habit. While meth does have effect on energy, it has so many down sides. But, I understand your desire to do well at work, too. Can you enhance your performance naturally? Also, have you spoken about the drug use with anyone else? A doctor? Psychologist? Having support to stop can help tremendously.

Aaron
4:27 pm June 13th, 2014

I started smoking it couple months ago, then snorting it. It was a rush, took me to outspace, was so blinded And unaware forgot about the people I left on earth, my teeth were crackin, talking to my shadow . And was passing out from the damag in my nose. Thank you addiction blog made me awar and stop before of the future dangers . Going to go get help now and repair the damage :)

G-Man
5:31 pm June 24th, 2014

I recently found out that my wife does 2 grams of meth per month. She maintains that she never smokes it she only snorts it. She lines up a small line in the morning and that’s it. She say’s it helps her with her adhd and other instability issues. She justify’s her meth use by saying that she also is prescribed meds which if she stops her mood will be affected. She argues meth is the same thing for her. An anti-depressant which enables her to get up and face the day. If she only snorts and doesn’t esculate her use is this a possibility? What are anyone’s thoughts on this? I’m afraid we’re in for a “train wreck” at some point.

7:51 am June 26th, 2014

Hello G. I think that your concern is justified. Meth is a Schedule II narcotic as outlined in the Substance Abuse Act, which means that it has a high potential for abuse and is available only through a prescription that cannot be refilled. How is she getting meth?

Also, I’d suggest that you follow up and take your concerns to a psychologist who specializes in substance abuse in the family. You can really benefit from long term guidance in this situation.

Star
4:58 pm August 12th, 2014

my bf/ father of my kids admitted to have been using meth/ speed for the last 2 years he is so different he is insisting that he isn’t hooked but I spent 3-4 days with him and he had no sleep he was purely focused on his phone fixing it .. it was very obsessive he couldn’t put it down even tho he hadn’t seen me or our son in 4 months … his major fixation is our family dog he gets really heated if he doesn’t have her after he ran this time I kept our dog now I am a c&*~ and he hates me I lost him forever I will never see him he wants his dog I stole … will this ever change are these all result of the drug?? I need help

rose
7:13 pm September 12th, 2014

I was sober for a year but two months ago I relapsed.The things I’m experiencing now are no where close to the one’s I did back then. I’m not scared..it’s more like concern. I try to limit myself but always fail. I just don’t want to overdose and I know the only way is to stop using but that’s just too hard and frightening to even consider…I’m an idiot for this but I just wanted to feel it again and now that’s all I want!! Please don’t lecture me just be there..

6:28 am September 13th, 2014

Hello Rose. We tend to return to the levels of tolerance and use where we left off. Meth is incredibly hard to quit. Have you tried with the help of a rehab center?

rose
9:17 pm September 13th, 2014

Hi there! And yes I have, that’s how I became sober the first time. I’ve considered going back but I live a semi busy life and just can’t find the time nor will to go.

Megan
7:07 pm September 25th, 2014

Hi! Thank you for this post! My mother has been snorting Meth for at least 6 year but I suspect it has been nearly two decades. Unlike the addict who shoot up meth my mom is not frail or skinny. She is about a size 14, eats three times a day, snacks and excerises. She is seemingly normal and no one knows she is a meth addict except for our immediate family. She is a “functional” addict. She is very successful and is the Vice President of a corporation. She is always been super mom to me and I never suspected why until I found her stash. My mom was abused as a child and I think that’s partly why she uses. She also married a lady asshole who doesn’t help her do anything so she’s always had to pick up his slack. Back to the point. Just from my experience being around my mom I have hypothesized that meth addicts who snort do not have the same side effects or immediate apparent effects on their health as those who shoot up. My mom does have weird “ticks” she does without realizing and she talks for hours with no end constantly repeating herself, but besides that no one would ever expect that she’s a user. I have an internal struggle figuring out a way to get my mom help because she essentially seems fine. I know she may eventually die due to complications and effects the drugs do to her internal organs. I have tried explaining the potential risks but she refuses to think those things will happen to her because she doesn’t shoot up, she does it the “safer way”. She’s 53 and she looks great. She is not concerned for her health and there seems to be no immediate risk but I can’t help but worry about the future. How can I show her the true risks of snorting when ever website only has research on shooting up?

mindy
7:42 am October 11th, 2014

I just found out my bf was snorting meth for a week. at the time my youngest daughter was 5 months old and my oldest 4 years old. He did the drug away from home but he came back. Did that put my daughters health at risk? I’m afraid that he brought back residue or something into our home?

rose
2:03 am October 13th, 2014

It’s insane and irrational to some of us to believe that something bad will happen especially if all we do is snort lol but reality is it takes a great wear and tear on our body without us noticing…I for example was perfectly healthy without any aches or pains. Now? I suffer from extreme anxiety and insomnia yet I still can’t stop!! I am TERRIFIED of dying from this or getting a heart attack..but I just can’t stop. I cry sometimes while I lay out my lines telling myself that it’s the last time and that everything will be okay just as long as I remember that every line will be my last. It’s dumb and doesn’t make sense I know but it’s how I live, I can’t stop on my own yet I don’t seek help. I never thought I’d sink this low…it’s hard on us and on our family, we know it and we care that it hurts you guys but we just can’t deal with the idea of having to function on our own..scared of facing reality in a sober state of mind. Just be there for us please and don’t lose hope…we hold on to you for that warmth and reassurance that in the end we’ll have enough strength to choose life

jade
3:33 pm October 15th, 2014

My boyfriend works at a mobile home plant. I know that one of his friends uses meth but I think my boyfriend is using, but not all the time. Sometimes when I call him on his break his nose sounds stuffy and he talks really loud. But when comes home he only a few signs like drinking sweet koolaid and eating doughnuts. Also his nose is stopped up. And stays up later than usually. And when go to bed he can’t be still….his legs jumps! I don’t think he does it everyday but do you think it could be just he does it cause he’s tired some days. Or I’m I just over acting?

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
3:27 pm October 17th, 2014

Hi Jade. You can talk to him openly and ask him about it. Try not to be judgemental, and if he confesses, you can be there to support him in quitting. Another way to be sure is a drug test.

Mindy
6:38 pm October 17th, 2014

I just found out my bf was snorting meth for a week. at the time my youngest daughter was 5 months old and my oldest 4 years old. He did the drug away from home but he came back. Did that put my daughters health at risk? I’m afraid that he brought back residue or something into our home?

Joe
8:22 am October 21st, 2014

I have been snorting meth for almost 2 years. I am now snorting 0.4 grams weekly. I need help to quit but have no idea what to expect or where I can go for help. I have no health insurance and live in San Antonio, Texas. Can you help with what kind of withdrawals I can expect and where I might be able to get help?

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
1:48 pm October 21st, 2014

Hey Joe. To get help near where you live, you can click on the “Find Treatment” section at the top of the page, or visist this link: http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/
And here are a few ideas on what to do if you have no health unsurance and need addiction treatment :http://addictionblog.org/FAQ/interventions/addiction-treatment-for-the-uninsured/

When quitting meth, supprot is one of the keys to success. This means you’ll need your family and friends for support, but also regular face-to-face support groups bring great results. But, medical help is the starting point, so speak with a doctor fist.

kali
4:59 pm November 9th, 2014

I’ve only tried method a couple times and last night around 5 PM I took 2 hits and snorted a line.I was unable to sleep all night which I’m aware s a normal side effect, but today at around 4:30 AM I tried to get up for some water and once was almost to the bedroom door I got lightheaded and my vision went black And i collapsed I remember feeling my body jerk but I blacked out for a minute and I don’t even remember falling I came too the floor. I layed back down because I still felt lightheaded and dizzy. Its now 7AM and still every time I try to get up I feel like I’m gonna black out. Is this normal or something I should be worried about?

Cassie
11:22 am November 10th, 2014

Um, hi, so I snorted a little like of Molly yesterday.. Like not even a full point. I’ve done Molly multiple times in the past n thought thoes day afters sucked…but I’ve never had a come down like this. I’ve been up over 24 hrs, I can feel my heart like freakin out in side me, I swear my eyelashes are so long there fuckin with me n I’m kinda seein things? Like almost trails on acid but not? Anyway… My question…. When the fuck am I gonna stop feeling like this? Not happy I tried it in the first place but I’m happy I don’t like it.

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