How is the Tik drug taken
What is Tik?
Methamphetamine (tik) is the second most widely illicit drug world-wide. Tik is a highly addictive synthetic psychostimulant that increases energy and feelings of euphoria. Tik is an odorless, crystal-like substance, with the street names speed, Ice and straws.
The different ways Tik can be taken
Methamphetamine (tik) is primarily smoked using improvised glassware, by using a straw in a light bulb called a “lolly”. The crystals are heated in a bulb/pipe and inhaled. The tik powder or crystal is placed in a light bulb and the user smokes the fumes.
This is quite straightforward, the Tik is directly ingested through the mouth but because the user never knows exactly what he is using even an experienced user can accidentally over-dose.
The Tik is diluted with a small amount of water and injected using a syringe directly into the veins. When a user first starts injecting a small amount of the drug is enough to produce an intense rush and euphoria. But as tolerance builds up more and more of the drug is needed to produce the same high. Injecting carries the most severe consequences for the body, such as infection, heart problems and the risk of stroke.
Tik is crushed into more of a powder form and snorted using a short straw, rolled up bank note or piece of paper. The high from this is less intense than injecting or smoking, but still has consequences to the body. Damage to the septum, continuous runny nose and damage to the naval cavities.
Smoking and injecting produce the quickest and most intense “high” and are generally the most common ways of using Tik. Because of the intensity of Crystal Meth it has become a favorite in the party scene but with Tik things can change very quickly and what started as recreational use moves on to addiction. If you are concerned that a loved one could be struggling with Tik, it is important that you seek out professional help. Concerns can usually be confirmed with physical evidence such as syringes, glass pipes, rolled up bank notes or cut straws.
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