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What is Tina?
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What is Tina made from?

What is Tina?

It’s the name we give to a drug called crystal methamphetamine. The name Tina is used interchangeably with crystal, crystal meth, and meth in Toronto’s gay/bi community. Other street terms like speed, ice, glass, and crank are sometimes used. Tina belongs to a family of drugs called amphetamines - powerful stimulants that speed up the body's central nervous system.

Tina is not new. Methamphetamine was first synthesized in Japan in 1919. Production was ramped up during World War II. Methamphetamine was distributed to both Allied and Axis forces. Hitler is reported to have been an addict receiving up to five injections per day near the end of his life. In Japan, methamphetamine was banned after the war. It continued to be available in tablet form in the U.S. as a treatment for narcolepsy (excessive daytime sleepiness) and obesity. The medical usefulness of methamphetamine is limited by the severity of its adverse effects, and by its highly addictive qualities.

Tina is not legally available in Canada.