Speed ​​is a white, yellowish powder that contains the active substance amphetamine. Amphetamines accelerate communication between body and brain. Speed ​​can have nasty consequences such as brain damage, impotence and psychoses. It can also cause physical and psychological dependence and withdrawal is difficult without professional help. It was originally used as a medicine, for example against depression and as an appetite suppressant. Due to the high risk of addiction, it is no longer used for that purpose. Now speed is often used as a party drug. These powders are often packed in seals, small envelopes made of greaseproof paper. Sometimes speed is also sold in pills or capsules.

Speed ​​effects

Speed ​​ensures an increased release of the substances noradrenaline and dopamine in the brain. This makes you feel active, clear, cheerful and confident. It can make you feel blissful. Your heart rate and breathing speed up and your blood pressure goes up. You have less sleep and your hunger pangs disappear. You can also get a dry mouth, stiff jaw or headache, nausea, dizziness and sweating.

Powdered Speed, if you swallow it, starts to work after 15 to 30 minutes. If you sniff it, it works after a few minutes. Speed ​​is absorbed into the brain through the blood. It wears off after 4 to 8 hours. Speed ​​can work for a very long time, sometimes up to 12 hours after ingestion.

Speed: consequences & risks

The use of speed entails a number of short-term and long-term risks. The larger your dose and the more often you use, the greater the chance of problems.

Some short term risks are:

  • Palpitations
  • Overheating
  • Exhaustion and overload of the body
  • Paranoia
  • Damage to organs such as liver and kidneys
  • Inflammation; cystitis in women, respiratory tract in men
    Muscle pain and convulsions

Long term risks are:

  • Brain damage
  • Depression
  • Psychosis
  • Dental damage
  • Damage to the nose
  • Impotence
  • Weight loss
  • Reduced periods


Overuse of speed can lead to physical and mental dependence. It is no longer a matter of wanting to use speed, but having to use it. Your body constantly demands speed and you keep increasing the dose to get the desired effect. By increasing the dose you overload your heart and blood vessels. This can lead to life-threatening conditions. Professional help is important for a good and speedy recovery.

Withdrawal speed

Stopping using speed is difficult. Not only because it is addictive, but also because you can experience nasty withdrawal symptoms. These withdrawal symptoms can be expressed physically as well as psychologically.

If you are addicted to speed and you suddenly stop using it, you may experience the following physical withdrawal symptoms:

  • Difficulty moving and speaking
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep problems
  • Stomach and intestinal complaints
  • Weight gain
  • Lethargy (you are slow and inactive)

In addition to physical symptoms, you can also experience psychological and emotional complaints. The psychological withdrawal symptoms of speed can be very intense and unpleasant. These are:

  • Anxiety
  • Vivid nightmares
  • Irritability
  • Social problems
  • Obsessive thoughts
  • Depression