The most popular uses of Amphetamine are reducing appetite, creating euphoria and enhancing the body’s alertness and performance. Amphetamine is a sympathomimetic substance that highly stimulates the central nervous system (CNS). The collective group of amphetamines contains dextroamphetamine, and methamphetamine. Dextroamphetamine and levoamphetamine enantiomers are used in equal portions to form this drug.
It is found in market in various pharmaceutical forms, for example – Adderall, Dexedrine, Dextrostat etc. They are normally used to treat few medical conditions like ADHD, chronic fatigue syndrome and narcolepsy. There are many street forms of amphetamine, from which we can mention goey, wizz, speed etc. Speed is the most renowned street name of amphetamine. Both the street and the pharmaceutical form of amphetamine cause a high potential of addiction and abusive use.
People usually take it by snorting its powder via the nose, swallowing the tablets or rubbing it on the gums. This substance is known for its bitter taste, so to fix that, some people wrap it in a cigarette paper and swallow it, this way of consumption is known as speedbomb. Some people choose to inject the drug into their muscles. Some others snort methamphetamine crystals using a glass pipe. Amphetamines are illegal drugs that fall under class B category or class A type if prepared for injection. There are severe penalties for possession and sale of this drug.
Speed, the most popular street name of amphetamine
Like mentioned before, the most popular street name for amphetamines is speed -. 4-methylamphetamine has recently been reported for its harmful effects to the human body. People take them as stimulants to keep them alert and awake, pretty much like cocaine.
Speed has been used before in few wars to help keep soldiers awake and alert. This substance were also used once as the major ingredient of diet pills because of their appetite depressing effects. Amphetamines are also used as medicines, for example, Ritalin is used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Other Types Of Amphetamine
There are other types of amphetamines that are way more powerful than the ones mentioned above. Due to their string effects, they are included under the Misuse of Drugs Act. For example, Very recent reports of 4-methylamphetamine which is known as Ket Phet and also as Phet Ket in the street, proved to have much more toxicity than amphetamine sulphate, known as the classical speed. Like methamphetamine, 4-methylamphetamine falls underclass A illegal drug, while amphetamine sulphate or speed is a Class B illegal drug.