Meth Has Flu-Fighting Properties

Via LiveScience:

Here’s some good news: Meth may cause you to lose every tooth in your head, pick your skin to pieces and turn your brain into a slushy grey mess, but at least you won’t have to worry about the flu. Probably. Scientists at the National Health Research Institutes in Taiwan have determined that crystal meth may have flu-fighting properties

They took cultures of human lung epithelial cells, exposed them to different concentrations of meth and then infected them with an H1N1 strain of human influenza A. By 30 to 48 hours after infection, the meth-treated cells had a much lower concentration of the virus than the control group, the researchers reported. What’s more, this reduction occurred in a dose-dependent manner, meaning the more meth, the less the virus reproduced.

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  • InfvoCuernos

    Wait a second-you mean to tell me that a drug made from sudifed helps fight the flu?!?!

    • Matt Staggs

      Good point, but alleviation of symptoms isn’t the same thing as destroying the virus, right?

      • asshurtmacfags

        Yup, all this does is alleviate symptoms. Just look at the vicks inhaler main active ingredient(levomethamphetamine)

        • InfvoCuernos

          I actually know a guy that swears that using meth killed a brain tumor and kept him cancer free for three years. Then again, he is a tweeker and they say a lot of funky shit that isn’t really true.

  • Ted Heistman

    I hear krockodil treats dandruff…

  • smooth_operator

    So I should start putting it in my Corn Flakes®?

  • Ebola

    As a former (heavy) meth user, I can honestly say that I never got sick when I was doing that shit, not ONCE. Neither did any of my friends. I knew a lady who’d been doing it for over 20 years, and she hasn’t had a cold or a flu once in that time.

    Also, before I discovered the joys of meth (sarcasm), I also found that a half-dozen or so hits of ecstasy over the course of a night would stop a cold dead in its tracks. The hang-over was brutal, but I’d be healthy once that wore off..

    Of course, these days I’d rather just get sick on occasion, far better for you in the long run.

  • Marklar_Prime

    Didn’t do meth long enough to confirm this myself and don’t particularly remember if I ever got sick during that time but in my experience a hit of LSD or a good dose of shrooms will make you feel sick as a dog for a couple of hours but leave you cold or flu free by the time you come down.

    Stupid bacterial lightweights.

  • Zachman24

    I’m not promoting meth use by no means, but whoever wrote this article was bias in the first sentence! I think what the original scientists who performed this study were doing was looking to see what else is chemically similar to meth that might have the same flu fighting abilities. I currently do it every day and I DO NOT HAVE OR PICK HOLES IN MYSELF, I have one tooth that is not in good health probably due to soda’s and dental fluorosis(caused by the poison fluoride we ingest everyday in our water) and most everyone reveres me as being pretty effin smart! And after ten years of doing the drug I am sure I am more open minded and unbiased with almost any topic. True not everyone should do it, but it’s beneficial in my case and yes I know several people who swear that it does kill the common cold and the flu and even cancer! But then again us “Tweekers” do nothing but lie it seems according to all these judgmental posts by people who seem to know nothing about the drug and probably believe everything the government feeds them. Alcohol kills more people along with prescription drugs than meth ever has! Its just like alcohol, I don’t drink it cause I don’t think it helps me in any way, it just makes me stupid and unable to function so I DON’T DO IT! Some people can’t handle meth and they don’t need to do it! Nobody needs to drink soda’s cause its basically poison along with fluoride but I don’t see anyone bitching about kidney failure from Coke or about how fluoride on the damn toothpaste package tells you its a poison and yet we put it in our tap water and then conclude that everyone on meth picks holes in their body, rapes innocent people in their spare time, and probably dreams of having sex with children! I could say the same thing about alcoholics but I don’t stereotype anyone in any category because EVERYONE is different! Sorry just had to get that out lol! Oh and Ted use a tea tree oil conditioner for dandruff. Preferably Giovanni and it will clear it right up way better than Head and Shoulders ever thought about doing!

  • Disqus this (:

    This does not mean meth is good for you… it just means that it KILLED the virus cells. It could be said to be a vague local “antibiotic” because it KILLS life. Antibiotics are by no means good for you, they non-selectively kill or damage cells. Useful when your immune system can’t fight off an infection, but otherwise they should be avoided.

    In this instance, the mechanism meth exerts on on the virus is exerted on your body’s cells also. Luckily body cells are much stronger than bacteria/virii.

    Also; very interesting note: The over-the-counter Vicks Vapor Inhaler (for congestion) contains the levoratory isomer of methamphetamine: l-methamphetamine. The package names it as “levmetamfetamine” so dumbasses dont freak out. Apparently it can be ingested to achieve a mild sub-dexamp/amp high.

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