Amphetamine (nickname: speed) is a powerful substance that can keep you going for days and nights on end. From soldiers in the 1940s and housewives in the 1960s to punks in the 1980s and gabbers in the 1990s, they all couldn’t get enough of it. If you’re on speed it feels like you can take on the whole world: you have extra energy, you can dance non-stop, and sometimes you can’t stop chatting. But do know that you’re plundering your supply of energy for the rest of the week. The following days you can feel tired, lifeless and sometimes even miserable: what goes up, must come down.
Speed is usually available in powder form. You need to make an effort, because it smells like chemical waste where the sun has burned on just a little too long. You can swallow, snort or inject it. Swallowing is usually done by putting some powder in a rolling paper, snorting is best done in small doses. If you plan to inject it, you probably don’t need our advice anymore. For High Human Jasmijn, amphetamine was a godsend: ‘On nights out, I didn’t dare to talk and live in the moment as much as others would. A sniff of speed lifted those obstacles. A world opened up for me.
Amphetamine ranks number 7 out of 20 in Professor David Nutt’s drug-harm index. So it’s relatively risky. Drugs are never without risk. For more information about this, we would like to refer you to Jellinek, where you can read more about: effects/ risks/ addiction.
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