Methamphetamine can come in many different forms, each of which has a unique appearance. In most cases, people purchase crystal meth that looks like broken glass fragments or crystalline rocks that can be clear, white, grey, or blue-ish white.
The shard, glass-like appearance is where the drug gets the name “crystal” and “glass.” This is the form of meth people usually think of when they think of the drug. It is also the most popular form of meth that is abused by people struggling with substance use disorder.
Meth can also come in the form of a powder, tablet, or pill.
- Powdered meth – This form of meth is usually white or light brown in color. It may look like fine sugar crystals. There may be large and small-sized “rocks” mixed in with the powder.
- Capsules of pressed tablets – Some manufacturers sell meth in the form of a capsule with powder inside of it or pressed tablets that are mixed with other additives and drugs. These tablets can mimic the appearance of MDMA and come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors.
- Pills (Desoxyn) – Methamphetamine is manufactured into a pill called Desoxyn. Desoxyn is a stimulant prescription medication used to treat ADHD and other conditions on rare occasions. These pills are white, round, and have the letters “OV” stamped on one side and the number “12” on the other.