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Also known as:

  • amphetamine
  • uppers
  • sulphate
  • whizz

What is speed?

Speed is the street name for amphetamine sulphate, a stimulant drug.

Although it might come as a pill, speed usually comes as a white-ish powder, often cut with other things such as caffeine or talc.

It makes the brain release its ‘feel good’ chemicals, dopamine and serotonin, and the stress hormone norepinephrine.

There are several ways of taking it. It can be:

  • snorted through a straw or rolled up banknote
  • put on the tongue
  • rubbed on the gums
  • mixed in a drink
  • wrapped in cigarette paper then swallowed (bombed)
  • smoked from a pipe or foil or mixed with water then injected.

The effects can last from three to six hours.

What’s the attraction?

Speed can lower your inhibitions and raise your mood making you feel energetic, confident, alert, talkative and sociable. It can allow you to go without sleep or food.

Sex on speed

This drug often causes problems getting erections. It can make the dick feel less sensitive and make it harder to come.

This can lead to longer, rougher fucking sessions and sore or bleeding dicks and arses, with a greater risk of HIV, hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) being passed on.

Last review: 24/08/2018
Next review: 24/08/2021