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Tina myths vs. Tina truths

Some things are just too good to be true. There are many myths circulating about Tina in Toronto. Tina is presented as the ultimate aphrodisiac. You may be curious to try it or are offered it from an acquaintance or at a party. Tina may look like just another white powder; it isn’t. We encourage you to find out all you can before you consider using. The implications of making uninformed choices can be significant.

THE MYTH:

Tina makes me sexier.

The TRUTH:

Tina does not make us sexier or more attractive although it can feel like it does when we are high. Over time, Tina use can make us undernourished and immune compromised. Crystal may make us more sexual, but not necessarily in a healthy way.


THE MYTH:

Tina lets me be uninhibited sexually.

THE TRUTH:

Maybe yes, but is this a good thing? While high we are more apt to do things our better judgment would warn us against while sober. Our sober self sets up limits that protect us from pain and physical harm. Tina reduces or removes these barriers for many guys.


THE MYTH:

I am a sex god on crystal.

THE TRUTH:

Nah, we just think we are. Quantity is not a substitute for quality. Because of how Tina affects the brain, it tends to make us focus on quantity. More is not enough. Tina can make us self-absorbed and narcissistic. It’s easy to understand why we see ourselves as sex gods when others see us differently.


THE MYTH:

Using Tina makes me more popular.

THE TRUTH:

Yes, to other users. To non-users Tina can have the opposite effect.


THE MYTH:

Tina makes me feel great when I do it.

THE TRUTH:

It usually does at first. Tina artificially charges the brain with dopamine, but ‘burns out’ the nerve receptors that convert dopamine into pleasurable feelings. When these receptors ‘burn out,’ the body's natural dopamine level becomes insufficient and we begin to feel depressed when not using. Only another hit of Tina can temporarily raise the dopamine levels to where the brain can respond to them.

The more we use Tina, the less sensitive our nerve receptors will become. This helps create dependence on crystal meth and makes it extremely difficult to quit. Once the super dopamine supply is cut off, the user will find it hard to achieve joy or pleasure doing routine things. This condition can last a long time and some of the damage may be permanent.

For more on this topic you may want to read our ‘brain page.’


THE MYTH:

A little Tina now and then won’t hurt

THE TRUTH:

Maybe it won’t, but maybe it will. A little crystal meth is all the brain needs to start adversely imprinting its reward center. Even small amounts of Tina may set up the conditions necessary for dependence. Once that happens, ‘now and then’ can easily become ‘only on the weekends.’ By the time we start coming up with justifications for using Tina more frequently, our ‘now and then’ habit may have already become a full-blown drug dependency.


THE MYTHS:

I know how to manage it.

It doesn’t affect me the way it affects others.

I will make sure I don’t get addicted.

I don’t have an addictive personality.


THE TRUTHS:

Most users think they will be able to resist dependence. Tina makes us feel powerful, even invincible. It permits us to think we’re capable of accomplishing whatever we set out to do, including quitting crystal! When we decide to quit, we often find we can’t. Quitting Tina isn't like quitting other substances. It’s usually a long, hard process that requires dedication and ongoing commitment and lots of support to achieve.


THE MYTH:

I am better able to concentrate and solve problems on Tina.

THE TRUTH:

Tina can't unlock brainpower we don't already have. It can improve our ability to focus and stay awake but as we push ourselves further and stay under it’s influence longer, our thought patterns will become more fragmented and less focused.


THE MYTHS:

Tina gives me energy and stamina.

Tina increases my productivity.


THE TRUTH:

Tina gives us the illusion of stamina, energy and endurance. There is nothing in crystal that supplements our normal energy reserves. It has no nutritional value. In fact, Tina burns up our reserve energy until we have to crash from exhaustion. The energy we believe we gain from using crystal is already within us. If we weren't high, we would actually have more energy because we would be fueling ourselves properly, resting, and recharging.


THE MYTH:

Tina is a great drug for weight loss.

THE TRUTH:

Yes but on the Tina diet, we stand to lose a lot more than just weight. There are much healthier weight loss plans and products. If you want to lose weight, please consult a health care professional trained in the area of weight loss.

Adapted from Barebackhealth.net with permission.


 
   
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