What is Crank? And Who Cares?

Last Edited: December 4, 2020
Madison Kimberlin
Clinically Reviewed
Jim Brown, CDCA
All of the information on this page has been reviewed and certified by an addiction professional.

What is Crank?

Crank is a street term that referring to speed (Meth), normally consisting of a chemical structure of amphetamines or methamphetamine.

…and who cares?

Its easy to pretend like; its “no big deal”, “its my life”, “I cant stop” or my favorite “I can do what I want”. The truth is this addiction will take you if you let it. It also never just takes the addict, loved-ones suffer as a result. We know this because you are not alone, watch the videos below. These are people who know what you’re going through, been where you are and have come out on top.

Crank Recovery Stories

Watch more videos on people who recovered from their crank addiction – Click Here.

What Are The Dangers of Using Crank and Addiction?

Crank is highly toxic to the human body, not to mention extremely addictive. Make no mistake, Crank is an extremely dangerous stimulant; in fact, just the manufacturing of Crank can pose a great health-risk because the chemical process used to make it is highly toxic and flammable.

How Does Crank Affect Its Users?

Crank negatively affects its users in various ways. Normally, Crank is made up of methamphetamine and therefore, affects its users quite similarly to Meth. This man-made substance has the ability to keep its users up for hours, even days at a time.

Crank users will often have unstable behavior, loss of appetite, rapid weight loss, an inability to sleep, mood swings, increased blood pressure, and heart complications as a result of a rapid heart rate and irregular rhythm. Crank can also induce serious mental health side effects such as paranoid delusions, or psychosis. During bouts of paranoia or psychosis, it’s highly probable that the user may act irrational and violent towards the people around them and therefore result in legal ramifications directly caused by Crank usage.

Crank has the tendency to make its users feel anxious and also has a high potential of causing suicidal ideation.

There are no known medical benefits for the consumption of Crank, any use of the drug at all is considered substance abuse. Crank is also frequently used by those who want to stay awake for long periods of time or to experience an increase in libido.

What Are the Long-Term Effects of Crank Usage?

The signs of Crank use may be easy to conceal at first, but after continued use, will become more obvious. The first and most obvious sign is that the user will seem excessively alert and hyperactive. Crank users are also known for talking for long periods of time when in conversation with others. Users will talk extremely fast when taking Crank and often will be unable to control the amount of time they talk.  Crank users can also have an excessively elated and euphoric air about them; during the beginning of the high, they may feel grandiose and on top of the world comparable to an individual that is experiencing an intense manic episode. Another obvious sign is that the user won’t sleep for hours on end. In fact, use of this drug can cause individuals to stay up for days.

In the end, these long bouts of wakefulness can result in intense paranoid delusions and psychosis. Another way to tell if an individual is abusing Crank is by offering them something to eat. Often times, Crank completely suppresses the user’s appetite to the point where it’s possible to not eat for days. Users may also have an inability to sit still and may pace around. Users often pick at their own skin and feel a sensation known as “formication” where it feels as if something is crawling on the surface of their skin.

Users might imagine that these are bugs and they may even claim to see them—but ultimately these are just hallucinations. Users who experience these types of “meth mite” hallucinations will often pick at themselves, resulting in sores all over their bodies. They may also excessively pick at their faces, and as a result, leave behind tons of sores that will have a hard time healing. The evidence of these sores is often the easiest way to pinpoint if someone is actually using Crank.