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Ice, or crystal methamphetamine, is a stimulant drug and variant of methamphetamine. Methamphetamine typically comes in three different forms (ice, base and speed) that vary in their appearance and potency.  

Ice

Ice

Appearance

Translucent crystals, sometimes shards.

Also known as

Crystal meth, meth, shabu, tina, glass.

method

Smoking (e.g. with a glass pipe), injecting.
Potencyhigh

Base

Base

Appearance

Dampish, ‘gluggy’ substance. Colour varies from white to brown.

Also known as

Pure, point, wax, meth.

method

Swallowing, injecting.
Potencymediumhigh

speed

Speed

Appearance

White or off-white powder.

Also known as

Goey, meth.

method

Snorting, swallowing, injecting.
Potencylowmedium

The effects of ice differ slightly from speed and base because it is often a purer form of methamphetamine, meaning it gives a stronger and longer lasting ‘high’. Because of this, it also has more potent and serious side effects, both during use and in the 'comedown' or ‘crash’ phase after use. This is why, compared to other forms of methamphetamine, ice has a greater potential for the user to develop dependence, psychosis, and other long-term physical and mental health problems.

Ice is usually sold in points (0.1g) or grams and can be cut (mixed) with other substances. This reduces its purity and makes the effects for the user even more unpredictable.