Booty bumping methamphetamine isn’t the most widely known method of using the drug, despite the existence of studies and harm reduction resources dedicated to it. This brief article aims to raise awareness about booty bumping meth, why it’s chosen over other methods of meth abuse, and its short- and long-term effects. By the time you finish reading this blog, you’ll have a clear understanding of this practice and how to assist yourself, friends, or family members who may be engaging in this form of drug abuse.
What Is Booty Bumping?
Booty bumping involves mixing methamphetamine or other soluble drugs with water and using a syringe without a needle to inject them into the rectum. This practice is also known as boofing, plugging, and keistering. Some users use lube injectors to insert meth into the rectum, while others wrap their drugs with rolling paper and insert them without water, also called dabbing or stuffing.
Compared to other routes of administration, such as injecting, smoking, or snorting meth, users describe the high from booty bumping as more focused on their torso and limbs rather than an intense head rush. The high has also been described as lasting between six to twelve hours. However, this form of abusing meth can cause discomfort, irritation, and pain and increases the risk of overdose and overamping. Users can also become addicted to its effects and develop a physical and psychological dependency that requires them to keep using meth to feel energetic, motivated, or aroused (which is common for users who use meth during sexual activities).
Booty bumping is also used to abuse:
- MDMA (ecstasy)
- Opioids, morphine, and heroin
- and even Kratom
Why Do People Booty Bump Meth?
Booty bumping meth is described as less physically damaging to your body during administration than other methods. Injecting meth can cause skin and vein damage, including scabs, sores, abscesses, and collapsed veins (which are painful). Users also insert meth into their rectum to avoid damaging their nose, nasal cavity, and lungs. Booty bumping has also been described as inducing stronger effects of meth since the rectum has thin tissues and multiple blood vessels, absorbing chemicals at a higher percentage, similar to suppository drugs. This is also known as bioavailability.
Side Effects of Booty Bumping Meth
Even though booty bumping meth is less dangerous than other methods, it’s not without its risks and dangers. Booty bumping meth can lead to:
- Infection: Booty bumping and inserting any foreign chemical into the rectum can damage the mucous membrane and increase the risk of infections. The risk of contracting STIs, such as HIV and Hepatitis C, also increases since booty bumping is common in chemsex and party scenes. Harm reduction resources also recommend using clean and disinfected drug paraphernalia and sterile water.
- Scars and tearing: Booty bumping can irritate the tissue inside the rectum, creating tears that cause pain and bleeding. It can also lead to bloody stool, frequent and uncontrollable bathroom trips, hemorrhoids, and the possibility of needing a colostomy.
- Overdose: Since booty bumping can increase the amount of meth absorbed by the body, it can be easy for users to overdose. Booty bumping other drugs like alcohol can also increase the risk of alcohol poisoning since the rectum can’t break down chemicals like the liver and digestive system. Signs of overdose from booting bumping meth include breathing changes, skin discoloration, limp body, and dilated pupils.
- Contamination: When purchasing and using methamphetamine, there’s no way to determine if something has been adulterated without fentanyl test strips or other substance detectors. It can be an easy oversight, but dangerous substances like fentanyl can be fatal if injected into the rectum.
Long-term Effects of Methamphetamine
Even if you’re using hard reduction tips and safer alternatives to administering meth, there’s no way to avoid the long-term effects if it’s heavily abused. Long-term meth use has been known to cause:
- Once your body becomes physically dependent on methamphetamine, you’ll start to experience cravings to use and seek out ways to use it.
- Smoking or rubbing meth on your gums can cause teeth and gum damage. Other methods of meth use can damage the lungs, cardiovascular system, liver, muscles, and skin.
- Meth and other stimulants can reduce appetite and cause users to neglect eating or drinking water, leading to severe weight loss and nutritional deficiencies.
- Meth can damage nerve cells in the brain, and withdrawal symptoms can leave behind permanent cognitive and psychological conditions, including depression, anxiety, psychosis, aggression, hallucinations, and paranoia.
Contact Knoxville Recovery Center
If you or someone you know is abusing or booty bumping meth, contact Knoxville Recovery Center. Our addiction treatment team is trained to help individuals struggling with meth use learn how to establish positive and healthy coping mechanisms while exploring the many layers of addiction. We also incorporate holistic therapy methods and dedicated nutritional programs into all of our levels of care so that each client has everything they need to succeed.