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the difference between Crystal meth and speed

Know the big difference between crystal and crank?

"Crystal" has seven letters, "crank" only has five.

A term once used mostly to distinguish down-and-dirty bootleg meth from its crystal-clean sibling, "crank" has become a generic nickname for all forms of speed. And that includes the tablets and capsules that find their way out of the local pharmacy and onto the street.

At this point, we'll add other speedy drugs to the mix, including non-amphetamine prescription stimulants (like Ritalin® and phentermine), and such non-crystal forms of street speed as "white cross," and "black beauties."

Effects match up, in most ways, to the effects of crystal. Dangers are similar, too, although oral use carries fewer short-term risks, since the risk of lung or injection-site damage and overdose is reduced or eliminated.

Still, a speed habit of any kind is a hazardous hobby for a lot of reasons, including simple wear and tear on the body and mind.

In a lot of ways, the human body is like a Timex watch — built to take a licking and keep on ticking. Still, we aren't exactly indestructible. And speed, more than any other drug group, pushes the mind and body faster and further than either was meant to go.

The long-term physical toll can be massive, including any or all of the following:

Vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

Lowered resistance to disease.

Organ damage (particularly to the lungs, liver, and kidneys) after long-term use.

And as if the physical hazards aren't bad enough, there's a ton of mind-and-mood problems that speed can bring on, or worsen. Examples:

Anxiety, depression, and chronic fatigue.

Delusions. (Thinking you're being watched by enemies or police, for example -- unless you are being watched by the police, which is even worse.)

Toxic psychosis after prolonged, heavy use.

And that's still only part of the story, because amphetamines also cause a serious form of dependency, which means that giving up speed can be a difficult process. One reason why is that ex-users get depressed.

Life without Crystal Meth
goosing up the juice in the brain
can seem dull indeed,
to a suddenly-straight ex-speed freak.
Running on Empty:
The speed scene has undergone major changes over the past few years with the resurgence of crystal, the introduction of ice, and a renewed interest in stimulants as a medical treatment for obesity and attention-deficit disorder.

Not only that, but the definition of what speed is and what it isn't has been subject to a lot of revisions as lookalikes and act-alikes and legal herbal stimulants have come and gone and come around again.

But one thing hasn't changed and isn't likely to. That's the idea that overamping on speed — any type of speed — is a pretty risky way to live your life.

And while it may be stylish to look like you've never lusted after a leftover, and fatiguelessness might rank alongside cleanliness and godliness in your pantheon of personal values, you might also want to rethink your priorities if you think you need speed to put you where you want to be.

Because one other fact about speed that hasn't changed over the years is still the most important fact of all:

Speed kills!
And what it doesn't kill,
it burns out. Pass it on.

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