Speed

AKA: uppers, amphetamine, dexies, stimulants

Why We Do It

If it’s either for an energy boost or to gain confidence, we take speed to usually party for longer and harder.  When taken at a party it means we can rave all night and perhaps even some more.  When we think we have drunk too much alcohol or are on a down, a bump of speed can be that pick-me-up that’s what we might need to party longer, feel hornier and to stop feeling tired.

Taking speed causes the release and reduction of reuptake of dopamine and noradrenaline in our brains, making us feelgood, more energetic and able to enjoy the party buzz. Speed also releases the stress hormone norepinephrine, meaning we stay alert for longer periods of time and not wanting to sleep or eat much food.

The Nuts and Bolts of It

Usually snorted as a white or yellowish powder, speed can be also swallowed as a ‘bomb’ or mixed with some water and squirted up the arse (booty bumped). It is a stimulant, so it keeps you awake and alert for usually 3 to 6 hours with each bump or line. When snorted, guys sometimes share a rolled-up banknote to take up a line, this can be harmful as viruses and bacteria can be shared when they come into contact with the delicate thin mucous lining in the nostrils These linings have often been already stressed and damaged by the chemical harshness of speed (and the impurities that it’s cut, mixed, with) so a cut or abrasion in the nose from one guy can give easy access to viruses or bacteria to spread to someone else.

When swallowing a bump, usually a line of speed rolled up in some paper and taken with a drink, the effects can take longer to feel but will also last longer.

Speed often results in a limp dick, so guys will take Viagra and other erecticle enhancing drugs to get a hard-on. This can place great stress on the body and the heart. So with the guaranteed hard-on, longer sessions can also mean your dick and arse can get wears and tears easier, leading to a greater risk of picking up untreated HIV or other STIs.

Because speed keeps us awake, sometimes we will take something to help get to sleep after a night out. Weed, alcohol, sleeping pills and other tranquilizers (benzodiazapines) and even GHB, are often used to counter-balance the stimulating effect of speed in the body.  Mixing drugs, so if we want to get a downer after the ‘upping’ effect of speed, can be dangerous and lead to adverse reactions that can affect our health.

Think About

Looking after yourself and your partners

When sharing lines of speed, sharing whatever you use to snort can increase your risk of picking up blood-borne viruses and bacteria. Whether it’s a rolled-up banknote or a straw, use your own and be sure to take extra care if you notice bleeding or irritation in your nostrils.

Sometimes mates will give each other a bump of speed to revive each other if one of them is dropping or having a bad down after taking other drugs.

Taking too much speed, or mixing it with other stimulants, can lead to hyperventilation, increased stress on your heart and your body overheating. Make sure you and your mates drink plenty of water, get a rehydrating drink with plenty of electrolytes, and rest up in a safe and secure space.

When we take speed, we usually feel that our dicks are less sensitive, more limp than hard and cuming is not easy. As the dick and arse becomes sore and irritated from long sessions, the broken skin can increase your risk of catching or passing on HIV, if fucking raw with someone not on treatment, and other STIs. Be sure to use plenty of lube, replace condoms you might use regularly  and check up on your mate.

Speed and HIV+

With certain HIV medications that boosters, such as some protease inhibitors, the body might take longer to break down whatever you have taken. When taking speed, it can be easier to misjudge how much will affect you because of this and the effect of the drug is increased in your body.

Speak to your doctor about the meds you take and how they might interact with your party drugs. The S-Check Clinic is a free and confidential service where you can speak to a healthcare professional about this, if you don’t feel comfortable talking to your GP.

More of It

When you want to know more about speed and how it might affect you visit these sites, however HowHard cannot verify the accuracy of external websites we link to and we would like to remind guys to check-in with your GP or nurse for the most accurate information and how it relates to you:

Speed at Your Room

Amphetamines at TOUCHBASE

HIV Drug Interaction Checker to check if your specific HIV meds might be interacting with whatever it is you are partying with.

DrugInfo at the NSW State Library can give you a thorough look at speed and other amphetamine.

Erowid has a huge database and offers a non-judgmental community resource on various drugs, including speed.