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.