Speed is a stimulant that increases brain activity and produces energy and focus. The term ‘speed’ is the street name for amphetamine sulfate or, simply, amphetamines. Speed drug effects usually occur when a person overdoses while snorting or injecting the pinkish powder.
One of the ways to identify speed is by looking for the powdery crystals or the white/grey paste. The paste can also be brown, gritty, and slightly damp. Speed often tastes bitter. Users often complain that the smell is unpleasant. It is a highly addictive substance that can be fatal if overdosed.
What Are the Speed Drug Effects?
If you take speed, you may suddenly feel energized or wide awake. It can produce a high level of excitement or alertness. For this reason, people are just as likely to take speed for work or creativity as they are for recreation. If you are on speed, you can work for hours without getting tired.
People who are on speed often lose their appetite, often going for several days without eating. As a result, you may lose several pounds within only a few weeks. Prolonged use can lead to speed drug effects, such as :
- Agitation or nervousness
- Panic attacks
- Aggressive behavior
Like any drug, speed drug effects take longer to wear off the longer you use the drug. As a result, you may increase the dosage to keep feeling the effects. This often leads to a dependency or addiction that can last for a long time.
How Long Do the Effects Last?
There are several factors that determine how long the effects last. Much of it depends on how much you take, your size or weight if you have eaten, or how long you have been using the drug.
Once you consume the drug, it takes 20 minutes to an hour for the effects to kick in. The high can last up to six hours. Once you come off the high, you may ‘crash.’ Meaning, you may experience depression, sadness, or anxiety. The crash period can last for several days after the effects of the drug wear off.
The Risks of Using Speed
Since speed contains amphetamines, it is highly addictive. Once it makes you feel ‘alive,’ you want to continue that feeling, and other speed drug effects, all of the time. You may reach a point where you don’t ever want to come off that high. For this reason, there are several psychological and physical risks associated with speed.
It can accelerate your blood pressure and heart rate, eventually leading to a stroke or heartache. Some of the other risks include:
- Poor immune system
- Poor diet
- Lack of sleep
- Damage to the veins and arteries
- Ulcers and gangrene (as parts of your body start to deteriorate)
Long-term use of speed also leads to severe depression, paranoia, and mental disorders.
Get Help for Speed Addiction at Summit Detox
If you are hooked on the speed drug effects, then you can get help for your addiction. We offer safe and effective detox for all types of addictions. To find out more, call us at 866.341.0638. We can help you get on the road to recovery.