Long term effects – the ways that the drug affects the mind and body after you’ve been using it for months or years. Long term effects are generally not good.
The effects listed here are what might happen. They don’t happen to everyone. And it’s rare for all of them to happen to one person. They are effects that scientists know are linked to long term stimulant use. So it is likely that at least some of them will happen to most long term users.
- Damage to teeth (from ‘gurning’ –where the increased energy makes your jaw and facial muscles move constantly)
- Psychosis (your perception of reality is damaged, and you believe that things are happening that aren’t happening. In some people, the damage is permanent, and requires long term anti-psychotic medication)
- Stress to the immune system, leading to more colds, flu and infections
- Damage to the heart; heart attack
- High blood pressure
- Stroke (blood flow to the brain is restricted and the brain is damaged)
- Dependency and addiction