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A popular street drug, originating in Thailand and Burma (Myanmar), consisting mainly of methamphetamine but with more powerful effects than ecstasy. Regular use of yaba has been linked with kidney and lung disorders, hallucinations, paranoia, formication, and panic attacks. First manufactured in Germany in 1934, where it was originally called Pervitin and was added as a stimulant drug to chocolate bars supplied to members of the German air force (Luftwaffe) in World War II, it is usually ingested in pill form but can also be smoked on tin foil, and its psychotropic effects occur largely through activation of noradrenalin pathways. [Thai: literally crazy medicine]

Subjects: Psychology.

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