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Ways to use

There are a few ways that guys do Tina. For the most part, the methods depend on which orifice you put the drug in and whether it’s a solid, liquid or smoke when it goes in.

Each way of doing the drug involves a different ritual. It also takes a different time to kick in – some methods deliver the drug to your brain faster. Remember, faster isn’t necessarily better – faster can also mean more addictive and it can involve more potential harms.


Swallowing

How it’s done:

Can be taken by putting it into empty gelatin capsules (available at most health food stores). Other people mix it into water, juice, soda, or add it to coffee to make ‘biker coffee.’ Then there’s ‘parachuting’ in which the Tina is wrapped in a small bit of toilet or tissue paper then swallowed.

Time to get off:

About 20-60 minutes – slow and gentle, depending on how much you take and what is in your stomach.

Things to watch out for:

This method involves the fewest risks. However, it’s not without risk, especially if there are contaminants in the speed or if you have stomach troubles, like ulcers.

Swallowing drugs offers advantages to other ways of taking them:

• Your body has a safety mechanism for anything swallowed that could be dangerous to you – you tend to throw up or vomit.

• Drugs are absorbed more slowly through the gut therefore the positive and negative effects of the drugs tend to be less extreme; however, they tend to last longer.


• The risk of getting HIV or the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is greatly reduced from swallowing a drug.

Strategies to reduce risks:

Fill the capsule yourself, or think twice about taking one someone else prepared, because you never know what could be in it.


Snorting

How it’s done:
This is appears to likely be the most common method of use. The crystals are chopped up into a powder using a razor blade, knife or credit card. This is easier if you crush the shards while still in the baggy first. The powder is inhaled directly into the nasal passages through a straw, rolled up bill, or through a ‘bumper.’ Once inside the nose and sinuses, the drug is absorbed by the blood vessels of the mucosal membranes.

Time to get off:
Up to 5 minutes.

Things to watch out for:
Snorting drugs tends to destroy the tissue in the nose. The lining of the nasal passages is fairly delicate and can be injured leading to nosebleeds, sinus trouble, and in some cases permanent damage to the nasal structure. Sharing straws, bills and bumpers can transmit all types of germs from the common cold and flu to HCV.

Strategies to reduce risks:
Chop it up fine, fine, fine! Big chunks in your nasal passages can cause damage and often don’t get absorbed by the bloodstream. Don’t share straws or bills. If you’re trapped on a desert island and have to share a straw, clean between use. At a certain point, snorting becomes an ineffective way of delivering the drug because the nasal passages can’t absorb any more of the drug due to congestion, over-use or permanent damage. Give your nose a break - switch the way you do it and try swallowing it.

Snorting


Smoking

How it’s done:
The drug is heated in a glass pipe until it turns to smoke, then it’s inhaled into the lungs where it enters the blood stream.

Time to get off:
less than 1 minute

Things to watch out for:
Smoke irritates the lungs, which can lead to breathing difficulties and coughing. It’s also most likely carcinogenic. People with asthma, emphysema, and other lung problems are particularly at risk. If you are smoking Tina, you are most likely going to consume larger quantities of the drug much faster than if you are snorting or swallowing. Keep in mind, the time to get off is much quicker and the high is more intense, therefore the tendency to develop an addiction using this method is much greater.

Strategies to reduce risks:
If you can, try to set limits on how much you smoke or how often you choose to smoke Tina.


Booty Bumping

How it’s done:
Think turkey baster! The speed is dissolved in water then a syringe without a needle is used to ‘bump’ this solution of Tina into your ass. The drug is absorbed by the blood vessels in the lining of the rectum.

Time to get off:
up to 5 minutes

Things to watch out for:
If you bottom after booty bumping, you’ll have something else in your rectum besides your absorbent blood vessels and his big dick. You’ll also have a somewhat abrasive powder which can increase chances for internal abrasion and condom breakage. If there isn’t a condom on that dick, you will increase the risk for abrasions both in your rectum and on his dick, and increase the chance for exchange of blood. Possible damage to the mucous membranes, burning, or tearing of the tissue of the rectum, will put you at high risk of transmitting HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Strategies to reduce risks:
If you booty-bump and bottom make sure he has a condom on. Make sure you use clean water to dissolve the Tina. Don’t share booty bump syringes – you could be sharing more than a good time - you or he could end up with Hepatitis, parasites or any number of diseases.


Hot Rail

How it’s done:
The tip of a short glass stem, or the middle of longer stem, is heated until its red-hot. The end of the stem is placed over a bump or line. The heat vaporizes the Tina and the vapor is inhaled, usually through the nose.

Time to get off:
less than 1 minute

Things to watch out for:
As with smoking, the vapor may be carcinogenic and can definitely irritate your lungs. Since you rail through your nose, so there’s also irritation of the nasal passages to consider. The stem will be very hot, and can burn you or someone else.

Strategies to reduce risks:
The stem used for railing could transmit HCV. Have your own stem and, if you have to share, try and wash the stem between uses and users. Keep your eyes on the hot stem before, during and after railing. And have a glass or metal tray or dish to put the hot stem on after you've done your hit.


Slamming

How it’s done:
Tina is injected directly into the veins with a needle and syringe. Other known ways of injecting Tina are ‘muscling’ - injection of the drug into muscle, and ‘skin popping’ - injecting the drug under the skin. Muscling and skin-popping are both painful methods you really risk abscesses and infection.

Time to get off:
up to 2 minutes

Things to watch out for:
Slamming directly into the veins is the most dangerous of all methods, as this bypasses all the defenses the body has to protect its blood supply. If the skin through which you inject has bacteria on it, you can develop an abscess at the injection site. Anything you use to prepare your hit can transmit numerous diseases such as the Hepatitis B, HCV and HIV. Don’t share any of your works (needles, syringes, cookers, tie-offs, etc.). Any contaminants in the Tina will be injected directly into the bloodstream.

Strategies to reduce risks:
We have a whole section about this topic, click here.

TIP: Please refer to the ‘Resource Guide’ for needle exchanges in Toronto.

Adapted from Tweaker.org with permission

 
   
 
   
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