Methamphetamine, also known as meth, is a type of drug that stimulates the nervous system, resulting in a variety of effects that create an energetic high. Amphetamine, which is also referred to as speed, is a similar compound with similar physical and emotional results when used.
However, most people consider meth to be more potent than amphetamine in the effects that it has on the body and brain. In addition, while they are similar, meth has gained a reputation for being a worse drug of abuse by far than amphetamine in a variety of ways, including its potential for addiction and the effects it can have on the individual’s physical and emotional health. To help clarify the differences between meth and amphetamine, the following compares and contrasts the effects of both drugs.