How not to smoke meth

Greece is facing some serious public health issues. Sisa is the re-branding of meth that Greek drug dealers are pushing, to avoid the meth stigma. Proof from Greek police is here.

Aside: They interview another Konstantinos! (Who’s been snorting way too much.) The name is from the old emperor Constantine, founder of the Byzantine empire, and the first to decree religious freedom in ancient Rome. He also coined the solidus – Europe’s standard unit of value for centuries.

Above is the worst smoking technique I’ve ever seen. Firstly, it is inefficient. Secondly, holding the flame that close will burn some of the crystal. It shouldn’t boil or get darkened. Thirdly, the flame is enveloping the bowl, which means carbon monoxide, butane and its disgusting additives may be entering the hole, which is very bad. I recommend a pipe open at both ends with a plug in the hole, just to avoid direct poisoning. With his cheaper pipe the only air inhaled comes through the little hole. Fourthly, smoking that much that quick is more likely to lead to psychosis. Fifthly, the outside of the bowl may be scorched, which is difficult to clean.

Properly smoked quality meth should not, in and of itself, cause the aggression and lapse in memory seen in the video – I think that was CO/butane poisoning. I’d be aggressive too if I just poisoned myself with lighter fluid. Butane additives can be smelled when smoking like in the video. if you exhale nasally. One effect is asphyxia, which feels like browning out after you stand up with low blood pressure.

There’s a debate as to whether or not to hold in the vapour until it’s invisible. Some say it’s worse for your lungs, which is true. But premature exhalation is inefficient. Secondly, the second-hand smoke is bad for others and the area. It’s different to smoking cigarettes, which have many more impurities (smoking meth is not technically “smoking”). It can be detected in saliva.

Some good lighters are less than a dollar, have a control knob for flame size, and use piezo-ignition. Accurate scales, micro-scoops, baggies and empty capsules are available on eBay. A meth pipe has a bowl somewhere along it, which has a loading hole. A pipe open at both ends helps with airflow and is safer. Tooth picks can be used to clean the pipe before each session, and ear plugs can be used to plug the hole after loading the bowl. Regular BiC lighters are too powerful for pipes which have thin glass, but are good for thicker pipes. Gil are okay.

The physics of it is interesting. At a given temperature, the liquefied meth needs a certain vapour pressure to be in dynamic equilibrium. This means the liquid vaporises due to local energy fluctuations and the drop in vapour pressure from sucking. Do not boil the meth! The system should warm under equilibrium conditions, or else you will continually have to inhale burnt meth, which is worse for your lungs. The surface of liquid meth can oxidise – I don’t know enough chemistry to identify the resulting chemicals; it’s colloquially known as “burnt crap”. Rocking the pipe and moving the lighter helps distribute the heat evenly and deliver a stronger hit. Don’t inhale until vapour is seen. There’s more to it than I’ve described.

I think smoking is more addictive than snorting, as snorting is disgusting and damages nostrils. The subjective experience can be different depending on the ROA (route of administration). Smoking does not seem to cause any statistically significant increase in tooth decay over snorting (IV users are the worst). Nonetheless, keep tooth-vapour contact minimal. It can also damage your tongue.

IV users often describe a strong rush. With smoking, the rush from a cigarette is stronger (I struggle to walk straight after smoking tobacco, which is an under-rated drug). Nicotine is more addictive than heroin. Amphetamine is only slightly more addictive than cannabis. Alcohol is worse.

Bioavailability is about 60% eaten, 80% snorted and 90% smoked. However these figures are a bit misleading. If too much is snorted, there’s a lot of mucous and it hurts so bad it makes you cry out of one eye. Noobs always burn the crystal, not to mention how much re-crystallises all over the pipe. Don’t underestimate the residue – swim used too much before work one day by just plugging the pipe and running his lighter over it. He didn’t want to clean the pipe before smoking it out. The oral route can be unpredictable.

Regular amphetamine is about a third the price and the dealers can be nicer. However it  can’t be smoked. Good meth can usually be obtained for less than $150/g. There’s a bath salt mimic, MDPV, which is effectively about ten times cheaper. But that drug is borderline poison. Awful vasoconstriction, likely to cause panic attacks, and causes psychosis more easily. It’s cheaper and police might not detect it. Some people can handle it and claim it has psychedelic effects. Drug dealers sometimes give it to people under the guise of “diet pills” with unknown but effective ingredients, which has landed some in the ER with doctors mystified. They don’t use meth due to it being detectable, the stigma and the price, despite it being safer (doctors can prescribe 10 mg/day to children, and 10mg is powerful).

2 thoughts on “How not to smoke meth

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