Methamphetamine is a synthetically created stimulant drug of the phenethylamine and amphetamine class. Crystal meth normally comes in the form of a white bitter tasting crystals or powder often known by other names such as crank, ice, meth and crystal meth amongst other names. Crystal methamphetamine works by stimulating the central nervous system and produces effects of’rush’ euphoria. Crystal meth can be ingested by snorting, injecting, smoking and sometimes through use of a suppository. Methamphetamine is a strictly illegal drug with no legal medical use and is classed a Schedule II substance under the Controlled Substance Act. Many often ask the question how long does crystal meth stay in your system?
The answer to this is largely unknown by many crystal meth users. In reality there can be no definitive specific answer for how long crystal meth stays in your system. There are several factors that alter how long it takes for the crystal meth to completely leave your system:
- The amount the user has consumed; the more one has consumed then the it’s is likely to stay in the user’s system.
- How frequently/consistent use has been; methamphetamine will not leave the body’s system if there is a continuous flow of intake, therefore the more frequent someone has been using then the longer it’s likely to stay in the user’s system.
- The individual’s metabolic rate; a metabolic rate refers to how fast the individual’s body metabolizes everything that comes into the body. Such as food, drinks and drugs like crystal meth. The slower the individual’s metabolic rate then the longer the meth will stay in the system. A person’s weight, age and general health all contribute to their metabolic rate.
- The individual’s tolerance to methamphetamine: this refers to how frequent the user has ingested crystal meth and their general physical health at the time. Consistent drug users are normally found with higher tolerances.
- The manner in which it is ingested: different ways of ingestion take different amounts of time for the body to process the methamphetamine. Snorting typically takes one to four days. Smoking crystal meth can take anywhere from three to five days to leave your system. When users use crystal meth intravenously, the drug will typically stay in their system for a minimum of 72 horus.
Another factor to be considered is in regards to drug testing. Crystal meth, as with other drugs stays for different amounts of time in different areas of the system that are normally tested. The four main forms of tests are:
1. Urine: normally stays for 3 to 5 days starting 2-5 hours after use
2. Blood: normally stays for 1 to 3 days starting (depends on form of ingestion) 2 hours
3. Saliva (swab test): normally stays for 1 to 4 days starting 10 minutes after use
4. Hair: normally stays 90 days on standard consumer hair test. Longer when lab test
Therefore when attempting to determine how long methamphetamine stays in your entire system (disregarding the specific testing areas); the main things to consider are your individual health and physiological factors, the amount and frequency of use and how the crystal meth was ingested.