Methamphetamine can be a white, odorless, bitter, crystalline powder. It dissolves easily in water or alcohol and it is taken orally, smoked, snorted or injected. It is really an extremely addictive stimulant drug that directly affects the neurological system.
Even during small doses, Methamphetamine ends in increased wakefulness and physical exercise, decreased appetite, increased breathing, heartbeat and blood pressure and irregular heartbeat.
Long-term abuse ends in extreme weight loss, acute dental problems, anxiety, confusion, mood disturbances, insomnia and violent behavior. Chronic abusers display several psychotic features like paranoia, hallucinations, both visual and auditory, and delusions.
Ecstasy is the street good name for MDMA or methylenedioxymethamphetamine. MDMA has a lot in common with Methamphetamine. Both are stimulants and chemically similar. Ecstasy produces feelings of euphoria and emotional warmth. It distorts time perceptions and promotes tangible experiences. It also comes with an energizing effect.
Unlike Methamphetamine, MDMA comes in a capsule or tablet form and is also taken orally. It may produce insomnia, depression, severe anxiety and confusion. While these symptoms may be immediate, sometimes they may occur days or even weeks after using the drug. Like Methamphetamine, Ecstasy is addictive and creates a craving.
Ecstasy became popular with teenagers at weekend-long rave parties and the nightclub scene to keep them awake and make a feeling of euphoria. Now it is widely used by urban gay males.
MDMA enhances the pulse rate and blood pressure, and has other symptoms like muscle tension, involuntary teeth clenching, nausea, blurred vision, faintness, and chills or sweating. MDMA can be dangerous to all around health and, on rare occasions, lethal.