by: Matt Damon


Pure Methamphetamine crystals
aka: crystal-meth


IUPAC name : 2S)-N-methyl-1-phenyl-propan-2-amine
Formula: C10H15N
Molar Mass: 149.233 g/mol
Melting point: 170-175 C (Depending on how it is made)
Boiling point: 56 C
Half life : 9-15 hours
Density in natural state (crystal) : .78 g/mL

History and discovery

Methamphetamine was synthesized from ephedrine in Japan by chemist Nagayoshi Nagai in 1893. Its most common form crystalline methamphetamine was synthesized Akira Ogata in 1919. It first started being used in World War 2 by the Allied and Axis Powers. The Germans distributed it to thier soldiers under the name Pervitin. During the war millions of tablets were distributed over most of the ranks and divisions. Adolf Hitler received injections of methamphetamine that were believed to have given him Parkenson's disease. After the second world war methamphetamine became increasingly popular as many people started to make it in their homes and as some pharmaceutical companies manufactured it. It has grown in popularity over the past decade especially, as the amount of police seized meth labs has multiplied by 10 in 2009 versus 1999.

3-D Model
This is a JMOL program that requires the IMOL program for MACs
if can not see picture come here

How Methamphetamine is created and obtained

It is produced with many inexpensive chemicals and equipment. It's most common ingredient is psuedoephedrine, which is found in common cough syrup. It is synthesized with many common house hold items such as Drain-O, rat-poison, Comet, bleach, Brake fluid, lighter fluid and much more. (can't find much more because of legal restrictions.) However there is some reported natural occurrences in Acacia trees in West Texas.

Methamphetamine chemical structure and composition

Carbon 80.48% Hydrogen 10.14% Nitrogen 9.38% 800px-Methamphetamine-2D-skeletal.png

Chemical Properties and Reaction Tendencies

Meth is highly reactive because of the many reactive substances that are used in its production. It looks and feels differently depending on the consistancy of the drug. Its most common form is in solid, pill form that when it is broken and chopped up looks like pieces of glass or ice. It also can be a waxy like white substance. In the creation of meth many meth labs are destroyed by explosions from dangerous chemicals.


It is well known for its use as an illegal-drug. It can be smoked, ingested, and/or injected. It causes many feelings and reactions in the body and has many dangerous and unwanted side-effects. Meth causes a "high" that the includes and is not limited to euphoria, anorexia, phycosis, paranoia, ect. It is used in the prescription pill Desoxyn for weight loss. Methamphetamine attacks the immune system and causes the disease MRSA . There has been a very high seizure rate of meth labs all over the country. When meth is used like a drug it is highly addictive and longtime users have blacked and deformed teeth which is called meth mouth. Another side effect is having outbreaks of sores all over the user's body.


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