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What Is Hot Railing Meth?

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Guide to Hot Railing Meth

Meth can be taken in many different ways, including by smoking, snorting, and injecting. “Hot railing” is a lesser-known but highly dangerous means of consuming methamphetamine.

This blog post will explore hot railing meth, its dangers, and how to get help for meth abuse and addiction.

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What Is Hot Railing Meth?

Hot rolling” crystal meth involves heating the drug before inhaling it. This is done by heating a glass pipe and holding it over a line of meth. After that, the user inhales through the other end of the pipe.

This is one of the most dangerous forms of meth use. It can have serious health implications. The following can result from using this method of taking meth:

  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Violent behavior
  • Suicidal ideation

What Are the Side Effects of Meth?

The side effects of hot railing methamphetamine are very harmful. Keep in mind that some of these side effects would result from meth use alone — no matter whether you were smoking meth, snorting meth, or taking it in any other route of administration.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the physical and mental side effects of meth abuse include:

  • Intense euphoria
  • Increased energy
  • Decreased appetite
  • Paranoia
  • Overheating
  • Excessive sweating
  • Increased concentration
  • Feeling highly alert
  • Doing repetitive tasks
  • Behaving impulsively
  • Confusion
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Dry mouth
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Agitation
  • Violent behavior
  • Bloody nostrils
  • Irregular heart rate
  • Seizures
  • Chest pain

The Dangers of Methamphetamine

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug. It’s so addictive that meth addiction can start after just a couple of uses. Over time, the addiction worsens and takes over every aspect of a person’s life. Some of the dangers of meth use include:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Lung damage
  • Tooth decay and “meth mouth”
  • Meth-induced psychosis
  • An increased risk of hepatitis
  • Neglecting responsibilities, including at work and home, to get high
  • Financial devastation
  • Legal trouble
  • Increased likelihood of participating in dangerous and erratic behaviors

The Dangers Of Hot Railing Meth

Aside from the general dangers of meth use, hot railing meth also carries the following specific risks.

1. Psychosis

According to The National Library of Medicine, the rush of hormones, including serotonin and dopamine, caused by meth can lead to psychosis. Meth-induced psychosis usually involves hallucinations and delusions.

When someone experiences meth-induced psychosis, they have lost all touch with reality and are likely behaving in ways that are unpredictable and irrational. At first, meth-induced psychosis may come and go. As time goes on and meth use continues — and increases — a full psychotic break becomes imminent. Severe psychosis is most likely among heavy and long-term meth users.

The most common risk factors of severe psychosis include a prior mental health diagnosis, mixing meth with other substances, and being a chronic or heavy meth user.

2. Nasal Membrane Damage

Snorting any drug can cause nasal damage and issues, and meth is no exception.

Short-term risks of hot railing meth include:

  • Nasal blockages
  • Swelling of the inner lining of the nose
  • Respiratory tract issues

In the long term, your nose can become permanently damaged from repeated hot railing, potentially leading to inflammation, infection, and holes in the septum.

3. Contamination

According to NIDA, sharing drug paraphernalia, like glass pipes, can lead to Hepatitis C and/or HIV, meaning when you share the glass pipe with other people who are hot railing meth, you increase your risk of contracting those illnesses.

4. Addiction

Some people falsely believe that alternate ways of administering meth prevent addiction. Meth is a powerful drug that’s highly addictive, no matter how you use it. Despite wanting to stop using meth, you may feel like lighting up is your only option to counter the nasty withdrawal symptoms when you try to quit.

This starts a vicious cycle of addiction.

5. Overdose  

Hot railing increases the risk of meth overdose because it is harder to control the dosage. According to The National Library of Medicine, symptoms of a methamphetamine overdose include the following:

  • Difficulty breathing 
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Seizure
  • High blood pressure
  • Low blood pressure
  • Increased body temperature
  • Stomach pain
  • Kidney failure
  • Personality changes
  • Loss of consciousness 
  • Intensely aggressive behavior 
  • Paranoia 
  • Paralysis 

Are you concerned about the dangers of hot railing methamphetamine, but you can’t stop using the drug? Browse Zinnia Health’s treatment programs and process here.

Why Do People Hot Rail Meth?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), no matter how you consume meth, it produces a euphoric high as it stimulates dopamine production. People become addicted to meth when they start chasing this rush of happiness and well-being. Reasons people hot rail meth include:

1. To Get an Immediate Rush

The effects of hot railing meth are felt almost immediately. The short-term solution gives immediate relief to someone suffering from cravings and withdrawal symptoms caused by drug addiction. 

2. Stronger Effects

Hot railing meth can produce a more intense high for some users. Hot railing is therefore appealing to those who have been using meth for a long time and have developed a tolerance to it. A person’s brain becomes less sensitive to meth the longer they use it. When this happens, people often look for other ways to ingest the drug to feel a strong high again.

3. Harm Reduction

Some people choose to hot rail meth as a form of harm reduction or a strategy for safer, managed meth use.

In addition to irritated lungs and sinus problems, smoking meth can worsen asthma symptoms. Hot railing meth helps users avoid some of these symptoms, which gives them false hope that it’s a less dangerous method of consuming the drug.

But it’s important to note that there is no safe method of meth use. While you might counter some of the lung effects of meth by hot railing it, your chances of overdose and addiction become higher.

Zinnia Health Can Help

Are you looking for a recovery center to start your meth addiction recovery journey? Reach out to Zinnia Health today.

Our team of caring and compassionate addiction specialists provides personalized care based on each patient’s unique needs and circumstances at our addiction treatment centers around the country. Heal for good with Zinnia Health.

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