In a study done by Carl L. Hart, a psychiatry professor at Columbia University, Hart discovered that d-amphetamine, also known as Adderall, and methamphetamine are “virtually identical.” In other words, taking Adderall is basically the same thing as taking meth.
*Live look at college kids everywhere.*
Here is a transcript from the study.
In our study, we brought 13 men who regularly used methamphetamine into the lab. We gave each of them a hit of methamphetamine, of d-amphetamine, or of placebo on separate days under double-blind conditions. We repeated this many times with each person over several days and multiple doses of each drug.
Like d-amphetamine, methamphetamine increased our subjects’ energy and enhanced their ability to focus and concentrate; it also reduced subjective feelings of tiredness and the cognitive disruptions typically brought about by fatigue and/or sleep deprivation. Both drugs increased blood pressure and the rate at which the heart beat. No doubt these are the effects that justify the continued use of d-amphetamine by several nations’ militaries, including our own.
And when offered an opportunity to choose either the drugs or varying amounts of money, our subjects chose to take d-amphetamine on a similar number of occasions as they chose to take methamphetamine. These regular methamphetamine users could not distinguish between the two. (It is possible that the methyl group enhances methamphetamine’s lipid-solubility, but this effect appears to be imperceptible to human consumers.)
It is also true that the effects of smoking methamphetamine are more intense than those of swallowing a pill containing d-amphetamine. But that increased intensity is due to the route of administration, not the drug itself. Smoking d-amphetamine produces nearly identical intense effects as smoking methamphetamine. The same would be true if the drugs were snorted intranasally.
In other words, you’re screwed if you take Adderall! Ok, no need to overreact just yet. The study clearly says that smoking meth is more intense that swallowing a pill of Adderall so as long as you’re not smoking Adderall (I don’t know what you do in your free time and I don’t care), you’re golden. Plus if your doctor prescribes them to you, I’m going to trust that the doctor is well aware of the effects of Adderall and trusts you to take them properly.
I never know how much to read into those studies. It’s like those viral posts that are supposed to scare you and somehow have an effect on you to stop doing something. “25 Practical Uses For Coca-Cola, Proving You Should Not Drink It.” “10 Reasons Why You Should Stop Eating Hot Dogs.” “7 Reasons Why Cell Phones Are Bad For You Health.” Is that supposed to scare me? You could tell me that hot dogs will kill me by age 50 and I will make sure to add more chili and cheese on the next hot dog I eat. I’m going to continuing drink Coca-cola and use my cell phone. Those are just facts.
The same thing applies to Adderall. If you want to continue to take Adderall, go for it. No one is going to stop you. However, if someone calls you a meth head while taking Adderall, just respond with “I know. Thank you.” Good luck with those exams, college kids!