What is a natural alternative to methamphetamine

Handbook of Psychoactive Substances pp 1-18 | Cite as

  • Felix Betzler
  • Stephan Koehler
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Methamphetamine, (basis of so-called "crystal meth") causes a subjectively perceived increase in performance, a reduction in physical and psychological symptoms of fatigue and euphoria. It develops its effect on the central nervous system mainly through an increase in the concentration of noradrenaline and dopamine in the synaptic gap.

Although methamphetamine is not a new substance, it is playing an increasingly important role in our health system due to its growing prevalence and is receiving increasing media attention.

It is ingested by a wide range of consumers with very different motivations, including improving performance in the workplace, coping with everyday situations and in certain parts of the party scene.

Damage from long-term consumption affects several organ systems and the neurotoxicity leads to clear deficits in cognitive functions. Excessive utility models often lead to psychiatric symptoms such as amphetamine psychosis.


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