Yesterday a friend commented on my Facebook post that I was unlucky that I didn’t try the meth in Poland as he did, because then I would have “quit much sooner since it was like sniffing laundry detergent”. Unfortunately, I have a feeling that I would have been hooked no matter where I used meth, and the quality of the stuff is quite bad everywhere, but in any case, I smoked it and never snorted it.
This got me thinking about the different delivery mechanisms of meth to your brain… Intravenous injection is probably the fastest and most efficient delivery mechanism, closely followed by smoking, then snorting and digestion trail a long way behind.
If you think about it, meth consists of crystals, not powder like cocaine. Thus even when crushed and snorted up the nose, it consists of smaller crystals, such that the surface area exposed for absorption is limited. Some of it is probably wasted. (I don’t know how it works. Maybe the crystals dissolve in your mucous, and all is absorbed eventually, just more slowly.)
Smoking it takes advantage of your respiratory system. The crystals dissolve over a flame and are inhaled as a vapour, directly to your lungs, and thus the drug reaches your brain as fast as oxygen does. That’s a pretty efficient mechanism, since it (breathing) keeps you alive.
Intravenous injection involves dissolving the drug in water and injecting all of it directly into the blood. I never tried that, because smoking was a ritual that I became attached to, but I imagine that’s as an efficient delivery mechanism as possible.
But there is another reason, if you do use meth, to smoke it rather than inject or snort… The drugs contain many impurities. Smoking them will still expose you to most of them anyway, but not all. When you burn it, a brown or black residue is often left on the glass. A residue that needs to be cleaned off with an ear bud and some Handy Andy or toothpaste. (And when truly wired out of my mind, I would tweak on scraping that shit out with a darning needle.) Of course, if you snort or inject the shit, you get all the impurities.
I neither condone nor recommend using meth – all I’m saying is that it is probably less dangerous, in terms of the absorption of unknown impurities, to smoke it than to snort or inject. Of course, take this advice with a grain of salt meth, since smoking it nearly destroyed my life. It really would be better not to use it at all.
Now onto my second subject of the day: the effects of meth on your voice.
My comments yesterday about addicts talking all night in tense tones might have been confusing, so I’ll try to clear that up…
- Right after taking a hit of meth, it does sometimes result in a squeaky voice.
- Meth makes you anxious, and when you use in a group, everybody is often talking at once, but sounding anxious. It’s almost like speaking while out of breath, forcing the words out abruptly, cutting every word off sharply, and sounding angry.
- It’s not unusual for meth addicts to talk right through the night.
- When doing so, I call it a monologue, because everybody is talking and not everybody is listening. Some people just drone on and on.
- Eventually, after a few days awake, you still speak like that, but slower. You still feel alert, but you are slow, like a zombie, and this is noticeable.
I hope that clears up any confusion about the effects of meth on your voice. There are actually quite a few effects, and when meth addicts use in a group, there are always people at different stages of the using cycle. There’s always one person who is delayed, and so far out of it they do not know what’s going on. The others often mock that person, oblivious to the irony that it affects them all that way. Hence my old ironic line that I came up with at that time:
Life is always a grand adventure when you don’t know what the fuck is going on.