Also known as:
- methamphetamine or meth
- USA: ice, crank, speed (not the same as UK speed).
What is crystal meth?
Crystal meth is a super-strength amphetamine stimulant. Industrial chemicals and cleaning products which can be toxic often go into making it.
Used in chillouts, sex parties and during sex or clubbing, crystal releases the brain’s stress hormone norepinephrine and ‘feel good’ chemicals dopamine and serotonin.
Meth comes as white or colourless crystals which can be crushed to make a powder. It can also come as a pill.
Meth in its crystalline form can be smoked through a glass pipe.
Crystal as a powder is usually snorted, but can be mixed with water and injected. It can also be injected up the arse with a syringe with the needle taken off – this is known as a ‘booty bump’.
Using meth is called ‘tweaking’ and injecting it is called ‘slamming’.
What’s the attraction?
Meth is used for energy during non-stop sex or dancing sessions. It can make you feel high, wide awake, confident, invincible, impulsive, less likely to feel pain and very horny with fewer inhibitions.
You might go for days without eating or sleeping because crystal meth suppresses your appetite and keeps you wide awake.
Sex on crystal meth
Crystal can make you feel very horny, even sexually compulsive. Some guys on crystal take sexual risks that they normally wouldn’t, this can lead to picking up or passing on HIV.
Crystal often stops men from coming or getting a hard-on, which is known as ‘crystal dick’.
Long or rough crystal-fuelled sex sessions can cause a sore or bleeding arse, dick and mouth. These might not be noticed at the time but they mean that there’s more risk of HIV, hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) being passed on.
Condoms are more likely to break after about half an hour of fucking. During long sex sessions on crystal, use plenty of water-based lube, check the condom remains intact and put a fresh one on after 30 minutes. Find out more about drugs and sex.
Sex on crystal has been described by regular users of the drug as cold, aggressive or disconnected.
Last review: 24/07/2015
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