Pure MSM is an odorless, white, crystalline powder that is highly soluble and mixes readily with most substances without leaving a residue. MSM usually is added to methamphetamine during the final stages of production.
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is created naturally through the earth’s sulfur cycle when phytoplankton and algae die and decompose, releasing sulfur compounds into the atmosphere where they are transformed to DMS. In the presence of ozone and sunlight, DMS is converted to DMSO and MSM.
MSM is widely used in the alternative medicine field and by people looking for a natural way to relieve joint pain, reduce inflammation and boost immunity. In addition, research supports its use in treating a number of conditions from arthritis to rosacea. Here are 8 science-backed health benefits of MSM.
It is a colorless oil that is soluble in organic solvents. This substance is used in the manufacture of methamphetamine and amphetamine, where it is commonly known as P2P. Due to the illicit uses in clandestine chemistry, it was declared a schedule II controlled substance in the United States in 1980.
A naturally occurring substance, it is found in green plants, algae, fruits, vegetables, adrenal glands, milk, and urine (Barrager, Veltmann, Schauss, & Schiller, 2002). MSM is obtained from about 15% of ingested dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO). It is used as a source of sulfur for amino acid formation.
Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) are two chemically related substances that have been studied for osteoarthritis. DMSO is used topically (applied to the skin). MSM is sold as a dietary supplement, either alone or in combination with other ingredients such as glucosamine.
Orally ingested MSM is believed to be non-toxic in humans in the range of 1 – 3 g/day (Parcell, 2002; Hansen et al., 2006). A laboratory study reported no toxic effects even at oral doses up to 8 g /kg body weight/ day (about 250 times the highest dose normally used by humans) (Morton & Siegel, 1986).
MSM is also available in a powder that can be added to hair conditioner. However, since this supplement is still being researched for its hair-growth effects, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration doesn’t offer a recommended dosage of MSM.
Isopropylbenzylamine is not thought to have any stimulant effects in its own right, though anecdotal reports suggest that it may be associated with side effects such as headaches and confusion which are not typically associated with methamphetamine itself.
Flakka is the street name for a synthetic cathinone named alpha-pyrrolidinopentiophenone (Alpha-PVP). It is chemically similar to other synthetic drugs known as “Bath Salts.” These synthetics mimic cathinone, an amphetamine-like stimulant found naturally in the khat plant.
CONCLUSION: Liver injury was also significantly attenuated in the mice treated with MSM. Taken together, all the results suggest that MSM has anti-cancer effects through inducing apoptosis in liver cancer. Core tip: Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is an organic sulfur-containing compound.
Effects of MSM on Kidney Function
Treatment of animals with MSM significantly reduced the levels of urea (51 ± 6.261 mmol/L) for the (M) group compared with that of (G) rats. The level of serum creatinine was (0.3983 ± 0.08819 μmol/L) in (N) rats, whereas the level of Scr reached (1.87 ± 0.265 μmol/L) in (G) rats.
These findings indicate that MSM may protect against inflammation in the heart, and thereby protect against inflammation-linked CVDs. Further study is warranted to determine the effect of MSM on cardiovascular health outcomes.
P2P. The principal chemicals are phenyl-2-propanone, aluminum, methylamine, and mercuric chloride. This method yields lower quality dl-methamphetamine, has been associated with outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMGs), and is commonly referred to as the P2P method.
It is unlawful for any person knowingly or intentionally to possess or distribute red phosphorus, white phosphorus, or hypophosphorous acid, knowing, or having reasonable cause to believe, these substances will be used to illegally manufacture methamphetamine.