Crystal methamphetamine is a powerful stimulant that has obvious effects on both the central and peripheral nervous system. In other words, meth has strong effects on both the mind and body alike. Here are some signs that will help you discern if an individual is abusing meth.
- Increased Socialization
- False Sense of Confidence
- Constant Movement
Take a moment to watch this video and learn about long term effects that crystal meth can bring. The pharmacology of meth is simple, as it mimics molecules which the brain already produces.
Methamphetamine mimics the mono-amine neurotransmitter dopamine because its similar molecular structure. Crystal meth sneaks into the dopamine neuron binding site to increase sexual desire and excitement. Long term effects on the brain include permanent damage to blood vessels and weakening of dopamine receptor sites. Since crystal meth constricts the blood vessels within the brain while increasing heart rate, it’s common that meth users experience strokes and aneurysms while taking the drug. Permanent changes in behavior and mood can occur from prolonged meth use. Individuals that use crystal meth can also suffer from permanent cognitive deficiency because of the drug’s potential to damage the brain’s grey matter.