November 19, 2023

How Long Does a Meth High Last?

Methamphetamine is a powerful illegal amphetamine made from dangerous chemicals and it’s not safe to use. It is a highly addictive drug with severe side effects. From meth mouth to mental health problems like psychosis, long term meth abuse can have many devastating physical and emotional consequences.

Meth highs typically last 4 to 12 hours depending on the method of administration and how much meth is used. The initial rush can last up to 30 minutes and is described as euphoric, intensely pleasurable, and longer lasting than other stimulants like cocaine. A high is followed by a “tweaking” phase where users try to maintain their buzz by taking increasingly higher doses over long periods of time. This can be a dangerous phase where the user may experience psychosis, feel as if bugs are crawling under their skin, and become aggressive or violent.

When someone takes meth, it enters their bloodstream and is broken down into metabolites that are eliminated through the kidneys and excreted in urine. A urine test can detect meth or its metabolites up to a week after use. If a person is using frequently, their urine can be detected for a much longer period of time, sometimes up to 90 days.


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