Brain's 'pleasure center' gets a boost
When methamphetamine is smoked or snorted the impact is nearly immediate.
Meth causes a massive release of dopamine, a chemical that stimulates the brain's "pleasure center."
The initial reaction to the dopamine release:
- Increased energy and alertness
- A "high" that can last up to
12 hours or more
Methamphetamine is a most powerful stimulant. Comparing dopamine releases of meth and other stimuli:
NATIONAL METHAMPHETAMINE TRAINING & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER
Source: UCLA Integrated
Substance Abuse Programs