Two dangerous and all-too-often abused stimulant drugs are meth and crack. Since both act as stimulants on the brain and body of the user, it can be difficult to determine how they’re different from one another.
Both meth and crack impact dopamine in the brain, which is why people using these drugs experience a euphoric high initially, but what is the difference between crack and meth? Are there similarities between meth and crack and if so, what are they?
The following provides an overview of both meth and crack separately, and also highlights the difference between meth and crack.
Meth is a shortened term for crystal methamphetamine or crystal meth. It’s a stimulant drug that’s often made with toxic chemicals that are very harmful to the brain, organs, and body. It can be made in a home-based laboratory, which keeps it cheap but also makes it so dangerous.
Crystal meth is a crystalline drug that can be snorted, smoked or injected, and when you take it, it creates euphoria as well as a false sense of well-being, confidence, and energy. It also reduces the appetite of users, and the effects are relatively long-lasting compared to other stimulants.
For many people, it only takes one time using meth for it to become addictive, but the euphoric high isn’t something that’s usually maintained with long-term use. The euphoria dissipates after using it repeatedly, but people are addicted at that point, so they keep taking it.
Meth is very toxic and often poisonous to users, and it can lead to severe and deadly health risks including memory and cognitive problems, psychosis, aggression, and damage to the heart and brain.
So, what is the comparison between meth and crack? Is there a significant difference between crack and meth?
Crack is the most powerful and addictive form of cocaine, and it’s significantly stronger than regular cocaine.
When someone smokes crack, it reaches the brain quickly and creates a potent but also short-lived high, lasting only about 15 minutes. It’s not uncommon for people to become addicted to it the first time they use it, which is something meth and crack have in common.
When someone uses crack, they often experience feelings of depression and cravings after the quick burst of the high. It can also lead to a rapid heart rate, convulsions, paranoia, hostility and anxiety and these symptoms can linger even after the effects of the drug have worn off. Also possible with the use of crack are heart attacks, seizure, and stroke.
So what about the comparison between meth and crack?
The following are some of the things to know about the difference between crack and meth:
- Probably the biggest difference between crack and meth is the fact that crack is a very short-term drug. You feel extremely euphoric, but only for a few minutes. On the other hand, the effects of meth last much longer. Even after the euphoria of meth fades, users still experience effects such as being paranoid and “tweaking.” In many cases, the effects of meth can last up to 24 hours. The half-life of meth is around 12 hours, while with crack it’s about an hour.
- Crack, which is a form of cocaine, is derived from the coca plant. A big difference with meth and crack is the fact that meth is entirely manmade.
- Meth is often more damaging to the brain and the body of the user, as compared to crack. This is largely due to how long it stays in your system, but it’s also because of the toxicity of the ingredients used to make it.
- Another way to compare meth and crack is based on the fact that meth is more likely to make people aggressive and violent.
- Meth users often clench their jaws and grind their teeth, and they may also consume drinks with a lot of sugar, and this can lead to a condition dubbed meth mouth, which essentially refers to extreme gum and tooth decay.
- Meth is more likely to lead to hallucinations such as the idea that bugs are crawling on the skin, which can cause people to pick at their skin, leaving sores and scars.
So, to sum up, is there a difference between crack and meth? There is a difference between meth and crack. The biggest difference between meth and crack is how long they each stay in the body, with meth having a much longer half-life than crack.
Other differences include the fact that crack comes from the coca plant, while meth is synthetic and manmade, and people on meth are more likely to experience aggression and hallucinations.