Amphetamine is a strong central nervous system stimulant that is used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, narcolepsy, and obesity. Amphetamine was discovered in 1887 and exists as two enantiomers: levoamphetamine and dextroamphetamine.
Speed is the street name for amphetamine sulphate, although it’s sometimes used to refer to other amphetamines. It’s usually an off-white or pinkish powder and can sometimes look like crystals. It’s also available in a paste form which is usually white/grey or brown in colour, and can be damp and gritty.
Legality Of Amphetamine Speed
Misuse of Drugs Act (1971) – Class B.
If prepared for injection amphetamine becomes Class A
Penalties for possession are up to five years in prison and/or an unlimited fine. Penalties for supply are up to 14 years in prison and/or an unlimited fine.
How it’s taken
Most commonly snorted. It can be swallowed in a cigarette paper or capsule (bombed), ‘dabbed’: licking a finger then dabbing it into the substance and licking it off, diluted in juice, or injected. Injecting is almost always the riskiest way of taking drugs and is strongly discouraged.
Dosage Of Amphetamine Speed
The following information on dosage was taken from PsychonautWiki, but this should not be taken as a recommendation: duration and effects of any drug will depend on purity, regularity of use, other medications or drugs you have taken, your body and how it is taken (route of administration). Note: the purity of amphetamine varies widely – if in doubt dose low and go slow!
- Light: 6-15 milligrams (mg) – this would give 67 to 167 doses from a gram
- Common: 15-30 milligrams (mg) – this would give 33 to 67 doses from a gram
- Strong: 30-50 milligrams (mg) – this would give 20 to 33 doses from a gram
Accessed January 2021
It is essential to use accurate scales – ones that are capable of measuring to 10 milligrams (0.01 of a gram). Knowledge of how to use them and how to ensure they are measuring accurately is important.
A slight difference in dose can create a different experience or effect. Find out more about reducing the risk from dosing including volumetric dosing.
Effects Of Amphetamine Speed
Effects of speed, when snorted, can take up to 30 minutes to appear and can last for 4-8 hours. After-effects may be felt for up to 12 hours.
Speed may make you feel energetic and confident. It also increases your heart rate and breathing. People taking it may experience a strong urge to re-dose as well as increased alertness, concentration, motivation and sex drive and a decreased appetite and desire to sleep.
Other effects include jaw clenching, restlessness, aggression and paranoia.
Risks Of Amphetamine Speed
- People taking amphetamines can feel a need to re-dose often which will lead to increased health damage and increased risk of dependence.
- May increase over-confidence, aggression, sexual arousal, paranoia, decrease desire for sleep and reduce appetite.
- Speed can affect your sleeping pattern which can have a huge impact on your mental wellbeing.
Harm reduction Of Amphetamine Speed
If you choose to take amphetamine then the following steps can help to reduce harm.
- Remember that you cannot judge content or purity by appearance.
- There is no standard amount of speed in powder. The amount of a drug contained in a pill or powder can vary, even within batches.
- You can’t judge an accurate dose just by looking – start low and go slow.
- Stimulant drugs can reduce your appetite – take time to eat a healthy meal and stay hydrated.
- Avoid mixing with alcohol, prescription medication or any other drugs, as the effects may be unexpected or harmful and unpleasant, especially with other psychedelics, cannabis or ketamine.
- Drugs affect people differently and mixing different drugs can lead to unpredictable effects.
- Like all stimulant drugs, speed can affect your sleeping pattern which can have a huge impact on your mental wellbeing.