Difference Between Adderall and Methamphetamine
Adderall Vs Methamphetamine
People often question what Adderall is. Often, they are led to the assumption that it is just the same as methamphetamine, when in reality, it isn’t.
Methamphetamine and Adderall are nonetheless close relatives in terms of their chemical structure. As ‘meth,’ street term for methamphetamine is an amphetamine having meth (for methyl) while Adderall is one of the popular brand names of drugs classified as amphetamines.
Chemically, methyl is connected to the nitrogen group of the amphetamine molecule making it methamphetamine. Methyl is a simple atomic group having one carbon atom and 3 hydrogen atoms in most cases. Hence, ‘meth’ in many other drug preparations (usually seen in many psychoactive medications) really tells the presence of a methyl group in the structure. In the case of methamphetamine, the methyl serves to hasten fat solubility of amphetamine which enables the drug to plunge deeper into one’s brain. Thus, methamphetamine has an augmenting action on amphetamines like Adderall making Adderall’s effects last longer, that is if both drugs are used concomitantly.
The problem with the media, the school and even the culture in the government is that they tend to sensationalize the nature of both methamphetamines and amphetamines like Adderall. More so for the former since it is much more ‘demonized’ or attached with a negative connotation. Although amphetamines are also ‘demonized’ but in a lesser sense, these drugs are actually used for therapeutic purposes like for ADHD patients (usually kids at the age of 3). But along with other amphetamines like Dexedrine, Adderall can have an addictive potential. The prolonged uncontrolled intake of such may lead to habits that are too difficult to stop.
Ironically, what the parent’s children may be taking is actually the same type of drug (same drug class) that most street drug users are taking. At least, the pharmaceutical companies are taking the extra effort to make their products appear ‘clothed’ in a white coat.
Also take note that when one ingests methamphetamine it will actually be broken down into simpler molecules (i.e. amphetamine) once the drug has been metabolized and then biotransformed within the system. So it’s basically the same after all.
1. Methamphetamine has a methyl group in its structure while Adderall doesn’t have any.
2. Methamphetamine is a drug group while Adderall is a brand name of a drug classified under the group amphetamine.
3. Because of the methyl content, methampehtamines are able to penetrate into the brain faster and deeper than other stimulants including Adderall
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