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Crank is street slang for low-purity methamphetamine in crystal form, and means the same as another slang term, “crystal meth.” It is most often a white powder and is the strongest form of methamphetamine. Users eat crank, mix it with liquids and drink it, or snort, smoke or inject it. This drug is an extremely strong stimulant with effects that last from eight to 24 hours. Physical effects include an increase in blood pressure and heart rate, and a speeding up of the central nervous system. Mental effects are feelings of grandeur and self-confidence to the point of becoming delusional about one’s abilities, energy, stamina and exhilaration. Crank can cause loss of appetite and extreme mood swings. When it wears off, users (called cranksters) may experience a crash and become aggressive. It is a highly addictive drug, and if used on a long-term basis, can ruin the user’s health. The word “crank” comes from the fact that drug dealers often smuggle crystal methamphetamine in the crank cases of automobiles.

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