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Methods of Use

Methamphetamine comes in many forms and can be used in a number of ways creating varied effects. These include the following:


Methamphetamine is often smoked, either through a glass pipe, water bong or even on aluminum foil with a glass tube. The smoke leaves a residue that can be resmoked. Smoking meth gives the user an intense initial rush of extreme pleasure that can last for many minutes, followed by continued effects from six to up to12 hours or more. (NIDA: 3)


Methamphetamine also can be dissolved and injected directly into the bloodstream, producing a similar if not more intense high as smoking. This intense initial high is followed by similar lasting effects as with smoking. (NIDA: 3)

Snorting (Insufflation)

Methamphetamine can also be ground and snorted, producing a less powerful burst of pleasure lasting three to five minutes, though the duration of the high is argued to last longer than smoking or injecting the drug. (Sanello: 41)

Oral Ingestion

Methamphetamine sometimes is ingested orally, on occasion in pill form. Though the effects are not felt until 15 to 20 minutes later, oral ingestion is also said to last longer than smoking or injecting. (NIDA: 3)


In this case, the user heats one end of a glass tube with a butane lighter, then inhales meth up their nose through the red-hot glass tube. The meth turns to smoke as it travels up the tube, is absorbed through the lining of the nose, and is then exhaled out of the user's mouth. (Sanello: 41)

"Booty Bumps"

Methamphetamine can also be ingested rectally in what is known as a "booty bump". Being easily absorbed into the bloodstream through the rectal lining, such ingestion of meth is arguably as powerful as injection through needles. (Sanello:36-37)


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