In addi­tion to self-con­trol tech­niques, there are lots of oth­er things you can do to min­imise the neg­a­tive effects of using.
These include phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal measures.

❗ Basic tips:

  • Know what you are tak­ing. Find out what to expect and what to do to min­imise the risks.
  • Do not buy from unknown dealers.
  • Have your chems test­ed before use.
  • Smoke or snort a lit­tle bit before pro­ceed­ing to slam­ming. This will give you an idea of how strong the chems are, and can pre­vent an overdose.
  • Nev­er use alone, in case some­thing goes wrong.

1. Set­ting sex­u­al lim­its in advance
2. Using drugs in combination
3. Safer Slamming
4. Booty bumping
5. Chill-out breaks
6. Water
7. Food
8. Den­tal care
9. Recov­ery time
10. Com­ing down
11. Sleep
12. Psy­cho­log­i­cal symptoms
13. Psy­chosis

1. Set­ting sex­u­al lim­its in advance

One of the rea­sons why a lot of men take Tina is that it makes them feel more con­fi­dent and daring.
On Tina you might engage in sex acts you nev­er would have imagined.
This can turn out favourably or unfavourably.
It can be incred­i­bly lib­er­at­ing to at last do some­thing you’ve always been curi­ous about but nev­er dared try.

How­ev­er, it can also turn out to be very unpleasant.
Peer pres­sure and the intox­i­cat­ing feel­ing pro­duced by the drugs can make you do things you might lat­er regret.
By decid­ing in advance what exact­ly it is you’re seek­ing in sex­u­al con­tact, you increase your chance of find­ing just that.
As a result, you are less like­ly to do things you might lat­er regret.

❗ Tips & Tricks - Set­ting sex­u­al lim­its in advance:

  • Ask your­self what exact­ly it is you want from sex.
    This can help you to stick to what you’ve pre­vi­ous­ly decid­ed when offered oth­er choices.
  • Define your “soft lim­its”: things you may well do, but only under cer­tain con­di­tions; and define the conditions.
  • Also define your “hard lim­its”: things you do not want to do under any circumstances.
  • Tell your sex­u­al partners(s) where your bor­ders lie before the sex ses­sion begins.

2. Tak­ing a com­bi­na­tion of drugs

Tak­ing Tina in com­bi­na­tion with uppers such as cocaine, mephedrone, MDMA and ecsta­sy increas­es the risk of over­heat­ing, becom­ing para­noid and devel­op­ing heart problems.

Do you often use Tina in com­bi­na­tion with GHB or GBL?
If so, remem­ber to take a low­er dose of GHB or GBL when tak­ing these with­out Tina.
Tina’s ener­giz­ing effect rais­es your tol­er­ance for GHB and GBL.
The same dose with­out Tina can cause an over­dose and knock you uncon­scious in no time.

A com­mon side effect of using Tina is the “crys­tal dick”, i.e. erec­tion problems.
This is why lots of men take Tina in com­bi­na­tion with erec­tile-dys­func­tion drugs.
Be aware that this com­bi­na­tion takes a heavy toll on the heart.
Com­bin­ing these with pop­pers can cause life-threat­en­ing situations.
Avoid this com­bi­na­tion if you already have heart problems.

Click here for more tips on com­bin­ing drugs

3. Safer Slamming

Of all the pos­si­ble ways of tak­ing Tina, slam­ming into the veins is the riskiest.
Guys typ­i­cal­ly learn how to slam from oth­er guys in the scene.
But these meth­ods aren’t always cor­rect, which can be risky.
Good slam­ming tech­nique can help you to avoid many com­mon prob­lems, such as abscess­es, infec­tions and bruis­ing, and per­ma­nent dam­age such as col­lapsed veins.

❗ Tips & Tricks - Safer Slamming:

  • To be on the safe side, nev­er slam when you’re on your own.
  • Learn cor­rect tech­nique, and use only your own equipment.
  • Draw the slam­ming solu­tion into your syringe through a filter.
    This will help you to avoid clog­ging up the nee­dle and dam­ag­ing your veins.
  • Always slam in the direc­tion of the blood­stream towards the heart.
  • Make sure every­thing is ster­ile, and don’t share any­thing with any­one. Do not lick the needle.
  • Use a new nee­dle for each slam.
  • Vary the slam loca­tion on the body.
  • Imme­di­ate­ly after slam­ming, press on the slam loca­tion with a clean piece of gauze to help the vein heal faster.
  • For more infor­ma­tion and slam­ming tips, read the fold­er: Slam­ming: dos & don’ts.

4. Booty bumping

Booty bump­ing means anal inser­tion with a needleless-syringe.
The chems are absorbed into the blood­stream through the lin­ing of your ass.

Chems can dam­age the lin­ing of your ass, mak­ing it eas­i­er to trans­mit STIs.

❗ Tips & Tricks - If you decide to booty bump anyway:

  • Nev­er insert or rub pure pow­der into the anus.
  • Dis­solve your chems in warm water, and always make sure they’re com­plete­ly dis­solved before booty bump­ing them.
    The more water you use, the milder the irritation.
  • After booty bump­ing, wait at least 15 to 30 min­utes before hav­ing anal sex. Undis­solved par­ti­cles can cause bleed­ing and dam­age due to friction.

5. Chill-out breaks

With chems, sex can go on and on.
This can place huge demands on your body and brain.
Which is why it’s a good idea to take reg­u­lar breaks and recharge.

❗ Tips & Tricks - Chill-out breaks:

  • Take reg­u­lar breaks dur­ing extend­ed sex sessions
  • Leave the room temporarily.
  • Go out­side and get a breath of fresh air.
  • Use the breaks to assess how you’re feeling.

6. Water

Tina and oth­er uppers tend to raise the body’s temperature.
Which makes you sweat profusely.
But Tina also sup­press­es your thirst.
Because men are focused on sex and have had their per­cep­tion of time blurred by Tina, they often for­get to drink enough water.

Dehy­dra­tion and over­heat­ing are a real haz­ard, and can cause severe headaches, con­fu­sion and even organ dam­age, in seri­ous cases.

❗ Tips & Tricks - Water:

  • Drink enough liq­uid to avoid dehy­dra­tion and overheating.
  • One glass every hour, on average.
  • Prefer­ably water, tea, ener­gy drinks or juice.
  • Avoid alco­hol and coffee.
  • Place bot­tles of water all over the play­room so they’re with­in easy reach.
  • If nec­es­sary, set your phone alarm to remind you to have a drink of water.

7. Food

Most uppers, and Tina in par­tic­u­lar, sup­press hunger and cause extreme dry­ness in the mouth.
As a result, you won’t feel any desire to eat.
If you don’t eat, you will exhaust your­self in no time, and it’ll take you longer to recover.
Those who don’t eat enough often expe­ri­ence phys­i­cal exhaus­tion when com­ing down.
Reg­u­lar food breaks will keep your ener­gy lev­el up and pre­vent rapid exhaustion.

❗ Tips & Tricks - Food:

  • Eat prop­er meals in the days lead­ing up to the sex date to build up your energy.
  • Take reg­u­lar snack breaks dur­ing the date, even if you’re not hungry.
  • Eat nutri­tious and eas­i­ly digestible snacks, such as yoghurt, fruit (bananas), smooth­ies, liq­uid weight-gain sup­ple­ments, soup or pro­tein shakes.
  • Stock up on food before the date, to ensure you’ve got enough at home for refu­elling afterwards. 
  • Eat while you’re com­ing down, even if you’re not hungry.
    This will speed up your recovery.

8. Den­tal care

Tina clench­es your jaw muscles.
This’ll make you grind your teeth, which can cause tooth damage.
Uppers like Tina also sup­press your sali­va pro­duc­tion, thus expos­ing your teeth to bacteria.
In the long term, this can result in cav­i­ties and gum inflam­ma­tion, or even tooth loss.

❗ Tips & Tricks - Den­tal care:

  • Take your tooth­brush with you on sex dates, so you can take breaks to brush your teeth.
  • Pop a stick of sug­ar-free chew­ing gum every now and again to stim­u­late sali­va production.
  • After your sex date, brush and floss before crashing.

9. Recov­ery time

It’s impor­tant to allow your­self enough time after chem­sex dates to return to your old self.
The longer and hard­er you par­ty, the longer this’ll take.

❗ Tips & Tricks - Recov­ery time:

  • Remem­ber to plan “com­ing down time” when plan­ning a sex date.
  • If pos­si­ble, sched­ule your sex dates for the start of the weekend.
    This’ll give you as much recov­ery time as pos­si­ble before the start of the next work­ing week.
  • Sched­ule a day or more of recov­ery time after using, and keep the day(s) as free of oblig­a­tions as possible.
    This will allow you to han­dle the after-effects better.
  • Go for a walk or a bike ride.

10. Com­ing down

Com­ing down is the hang­over from tak­ing Tina or chems.
Par­ty­ing all night on Tina or oth­er chems exhausts you phys­i­cal­ly and mentally.
As you come down, your body tries to rebal­ance itself.

This often involves mood swings and a feel­ing of com­plete exhaustion.
Oth­er com­mon symp­toms include headaches, para­noia, irri­tabil­i­ty and depression.
Sui­ci­dal thoughts can arise in the more severe cases.

Tina takes a greater toll on the body and brain than any oth­er drug, and as a result yields the most pun­ish­ing crashes.
How much you use and how long you par­ty for large­ly deter­mines the sever­i­ty of the crash.
Tak­ing occa­sion­al breaks and hav­ing enough bites to eat and drinks of water dur­ing sex dates can soft­en the crash.

The first three days of com­ing down are gen­er­al­ly the worst.
Accord­ing to many users, com­ing down is more severe if you slam than if you smoke.

Some guys accept the hang­over as an unavoid­able con­se­quence of using Tina, and bear it resignedly.

❗ Tips & Tricks - Com­ing down:

  • Give your­self enough time to rest and sleep.
  • Eat prop­er­ly, even if you have no appetite.
    Veg­eta­bles, fruits and pro­teins, fat­ty fish, nuts.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Keep your­self busy and distracted.
    If you feel up to it, get some fresh air by going for a walk or tak­ing a bike ride.
  • Give your­self a few days’ break from dat­ing apps.
  • Don’t shut your­self away.
    Invite a good friend round or go and relax with a friend.
  • Be kind to yourself.

11. Sleep

Tina stim­u­lates the release of noradrenaline.
The same chem­i­cal that’s released when you’re in danger.
It gives you ener­gy and sup­press­es sleep.
Con­se­quent­ly, you can par­ty and have sex for a long time on Tina with­out feel­ing tired.
You can even par­ty through the night.
This even­tu­al­ly results in total exhaus­tion and can also trig­ger psychosis.

With your rhythm dis­turbed, you may find it hard to sleep in the days after using.
The longer you par­tied for, the greater this dis­or­der and the longer the symp­toms will persist.

❗ Tips & Tricks - Sleep:

  • Sched­ule enough recov­ery time after sex par­ties to give your­self, your body and your brain the rest they need.
  • Try to resume your usu­al sleep sched­ule immediately.
  • Remem­ber that you’re still get­ting some rest even if you don’t fall asleep.
    Stay in bed, even if you can’t fall asleep.

12. Psy­cho­log­i­cal symptoms

Lots of men expe­ri­ence depres­sion, mood swings, irri­tabil­i­ty, con­cen­tra­tion prob­lems and agi­ta­tion when com­ing down.
Some, in the more severe cas­es, have sui­ci­dal thoughts, and some even attempt to act on them.

These symp­toms are caused main­ly by the fact that the brain’s store of chem­i­cals, such as dopamine and sero­tonin, has been com­plete­ly depleted.
The brain needs time to restore the balance.
The longer and more inten­sive­ly you use, the longer these symp­toms will persist.
Slam­mers come down more severe­ly than smok­ers or snorters.
The reg­u­lar­i­ty of usage also plays a role.
The more often you use, the less time you give your brain to recov­er properly.

Some men find that their self-image suf­fers when they’re com­ing down.
The week­end of sex and chems sud­den­ly looks a lot less rosy on reflec­tion than it did in the moment.
Over­step­ping your own bound­aries, in par­tic­u­lar, can evoke pangs of regret or guilt, or even disgust.

Chems and sex are some­times used to sup­press anx­i­ety or depression.
Being high can feel like utter lib­er­a­tion from such feelings.
But this only com­pounds the sub­se­quent crash.
Your use of drugs will ulti­mate­ly make the psy­cho­log­i­cal issues worse instead of better.

❗ Tips & Tricks - Psy­cho­log­i­cal symptoms:

  • Remem­ber that the neg­a­tive emo­tions you’re expe­ri­enc­ing have been exag­ger­at­ed by the deple­tion of par­tic­u­lar chem­i­cals in the brain, and aren’t permanent.
  • Remem­ber that most of these feel­ings will pass, or at least become much less intense.
    Com­ing down is a tem­po­rary expe­ri­ence that recedes as your brain restores its chem­i­cal balance.
  • If you feel up to it, get some fresh air.
    Play some sport or engage in some oth­er activ­i­ties with friends.
    These can dis­tract you from the symp­toms and speed up your recovery.
  • Make sure that besides chem­sex, you don’t neglect the oth­er activ­i­ties that you enjoy and that you find relaxing.
  • Avoid the vicious cir­cle of using, com­ing down, depres­sion, crav­ing and reusing.
    This can eas­i­ly become a down­ward spi­ral into dependence.
  • Lim­it your use of deple­tive chems like Tina and mephedrone to no more than once every 6 weeks.
    This gives your brain the time it needs to recov­er its balance.
    The more often you use such drugs, the greater the like­li­hood of phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal symptoms.
  • Ask your­self what exact­ly it is you use chems for.
    The more you use chems to avoid uncom­fort­able emo­tions, the greater the risk becom­ing dependent.
    It can wors­en your psy­cho­log­i­cal issues.
  • If you find that with­out chems, you suf­fer from anx­i­ety, depres­sion or oth­er psy­cho­log­i­cal symp­toms, con­sid­er seek­ing help.

13. Psy­chosis

Some men expe­ri­ence symp­toms of psy­chosis while using or after using chems.
These may include para­noia, delu­sions or hallucinations.
The symp­toms are often caused by a com­bi­na­tion of sleep depri­va­tion, exhaus­tion and using chems.
The symp­toms occur quite fre­quent­ly with Tina.

They usu­al­ly dimin­ish on their own account as your brain recovers.
But skip­ping nights of sleep or using Tina sev­er­al times a week can pro­long your psy­chosis, which can make the symp­toms reoccur.
If you’ve expe­ri­enced psy­chot­ic symp­toms before, you are more like­ly to expe­ri­ence them again when using Tina.

❗ Tips & Tricks - Are you expe­ri­enc­ing symp­toms of psychosis?

  • Remem­ber that these symp­toms are caused by using Tina, and are not permanent.
  • If you’re able to recog­nise what’s hap­pen­ing and can still con­trol your actions, find some­where qui­et to with­draw to, some­where with­out bright lights or distractions.
  • If pos­si­ble, have some­one you trust keep an eye on you.
  • Lim­it your usage and dose sizes in future, as well as the dura­tion of the sessions.

❗ Tips & Tricks - Is your sex­u­al part­ner para­noid, agi­tat­ed or psychotic?

  • Speak to him calm­ly and clearly.
    Address him by his first name.
  • Help him to focus on the here and now.
  • Take him away from the sex set­ting, to some­where quiet.
  • Going out­side for some fresh air often works wonders.
  • Switch off bright lights, porn, lap­tops, music, and the television.
  • Don’t deny what he’s experiencing.
    It could make his para­noia worse.
  • Don’t get angry or get into arguments.
  • Don’t leave him to sort him­self out.
  • If his con­di­tion wors­ens, CALL EMER­GENCY 112 and be hon­est with them about which chems he took.