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Smoking heroin

Smoking heroin causes addiction

Smoking heroin affects both the brain and body. People who smoke heroin experience feelings of intense euphoria and high. It’s usually these feelings that make them chase the drug, becoming addicted within a few days-weeks-months of use.

In fact, the consequences of smoking heroin can be devastating to your health. Are you eager to know exactly how smoking heroin affects your brain? What are the risk and side effects of smoking heroin? We explain more here, and invite you to post any questions in the comments section at the end of the page. We try to respond to real life questions personally and promptly.

What does smoking heroin do to you?

Smoking heroin involves vaporizing the drug, inhaling the fumes (without burning it), and breathing in the actual smoke. Smoking heroin delivers the opiate from the lungs to the arteries. Then, it travel through the bloodstream and goes directly to the user’s brain.

One of the most popular ways of using the drug , smoking dope is known as “chasing the dragon”. Still, injecting and snorting heroin are other equally addictive modes of administration. Why do people smoke heroin?

Many first time users begin by snorting or smoking heroin because they wish to avoid the social stigma attached to injecting drugs. They often believe that smoking heroin won’t lead them to addiction. People also take heroin via smoke because it makes the drug less detectable in the blood without affecting drug onset. In fact, a recent experiment showed that smoking heroin enables individuals to obtain similar pharmacological effects to those produced by intravenous administration of heroin.*

Does smoking heroin work or get you high?

Yes. Smoking heroin can get you high.

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When smoked, heroin works in the body and brain by attaching to opiate receptors. Then, it creates a massive surge of dopamine. This gives the user an intense feeling of euphoria and high. People who take heroin can feel as if nothing can stop them; they experience a sense of power and increased self-esteem. Smoking heroin also results in pain relief, as the opiate changes the way the brain perceives pain.

However, heroin users who continue to use this drug are constantly chasing that high with every following dose. And as tolerance increases, people tend to increase the amount of heroin they use. This is when a dangerous situation arises. With higher doses or increased frequency of use, risk of heroin overdose increases.

Is smoking heroin bad for you?


Smoking heroin is extremely bad for you. Heroin is a dangerous drug, regardless of the route of administration. Heroin has devastating effects on your health and life. Smoking heroin damages your lungs and causes respiratory problems such as pneumonia and bronchitis. Heroin affects all organs of the body, including the heart, kidney and liver. According to many studies, smoking heroin can also cause brain damage.

Smoking heroin side effects

As a user continues to take heroin, pleasurable effects become overshadowed by a number of undesired side effects. Smoking heroin side effects occur due to the body’s adaptation to the drug. Heroin smokers may experience numerous side effects, including the following:

  • bluish lips hands and feet
  • confusion
  • dilated pupils
  • dry mouth
  • itchy skin
  • light sensitivity
  • low body temperature
  • nausea and vomiting
  • slowed respiration and heart rate

ATTENTION: Heroin overdose triggers serious consequences to body and the vital organs. If you suspect a heroin overdose, CALL 911 or seek emergency help immediately.

Smoking heroin on tin foil

Heroin is often smoked from glass pipes or it can be smoked off a sheet of aluminium foil. The logic behind smoking heroin on tin foil is that aluminium is a surface with low-heat capacity. In this way, a flame can be applied to the foil from below. The idea is to heat the heroin until it starts to boil. This vapor is then inhaled with the help of a tube.

Smoking heroin with weed

Combining cannabis and heroin is also known as “lacing”. It is unlikely that a person who smokes heroin would roll a joint and sprinkle it with heroin. Instead, lacing is most commonly done by marijuana dealers. Why? They want to sell cannabis with a lower THC level. Or, dealers aim to get customers hooked on something more than just weed, in order to maximize profitability.

When combined, heroin and marijuana have complimentary effects. This means that the depressant effects of the drug are multiplied. In order to prevent yourself from using laced marijuana, you must laboratory test your drug before using it. This is considered the only way to be 100% sure of what you are buying and using. It can also help to look and smell the drug before you buy it.

Can you smoke heroin?

People make the decision to smoke heroin.

Smoking and sniffing heroin don’t produce feelings of euphoric rush as quickly or as intensely as intravenous injection. But, regardless of the route of administration, heroin is highly addictive. Be aware that there is no safe way to take heroin. However you take it, heroin can ruin your life.

In fact, smoking heroin is one of the three main routes of administration. The other two ways of taking heroin is by injecting it or by snorting it. Injecting heroin is considered to be the most powerful, effective route of administration. But while heroin travels immediately from the veins to the brain of the user, injecting heroin leads directly to overdose and death.

Smoking heroin questions

Still have questions about smoking heroin? Please leave your questions here. We do our best to respond to all legitimate inquiries with a personal response ASAP.

Reference sources: NCBI: Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of smoked heroin
Justice: Heroin Fast Facts
NIH: Heroin
Stevens, A. (2013) Understanding Addiction to Heroin: Mary Pomerantz Advertising
* In an experiment done to explore how smoking heroin affects users, two volunteers in controlled clinical conditions were connected to a computer-assisted smoking device. The device delivered single puffs of heroin vapor to the human subjects. The Resuts? Heroin appeared rapidly in blood after administration and peaked five minutes after smoking. Physical manifestations of heroin use were also observed, and the effects showed dilated pupils followed by hysteresis.

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11 Responses to “Smoking heroin
9:21 pm May 17th, 2017

HELP! I’ve been dating my boyfriend for almost two years now and he has been struggling with herion addiction. (smoking) When we first started dating I had no idea; obviously or i would not have gotten involved. He had told me he struggled with it in the past and was on certain meds to help the situation which I delt with and he promised to get off them eventually. I honestly do think he was clean when we first got together but who knows anymore.

Time and time again i’ve been lied to as he relapses. I’ve stuck by his side hoping i can help him get through it and to be there for him. He’s done rehab suboxin and really at this point i dont know what else we can do. Currently he is trying to switch back to suboxin so that he can get some kind of shot or implant that will not allow him to get high. Everytime he does this he just gets crazy, violent and i know its the drugs making him say these mean things but its hard for me to put that past me.

He’s broken things ( 2 tvs, vases, plates, xbox) as well as shaken me and pushed me down on the bed and yelled directly in my face; also verbal threats and name calling all out of anger when he is coming down i guess or trying to switch. He relies on his parents for money, has no job, and lives at home at 28 years old. Why am i even in love with this guy. I wish i could just step away from the situation and not care. other than his parents who know of the situation as well i have no one to talk to, no one who understands. I’ve never been around a drug like this or others who share the same issue. I want to help but i just don’t know what to do anymore. He convienced me to also move into his parents guest house with him until we can both get back on our feet assuring and promising me that he was clean and get a place of his own except he has yet to even look for a job and come to find out he didn’t even tell his parents (luckly they love me). I’m just lost… I don’t know what to do anymore

9:49 am May 19th, 2017

my wife recently relapsed and was only smoking a small amount of heroin in a morning and before bed (about four of five small lines on foil) for around seven days…. she realised she had mad a mistake and stopped and had gone for help. Does doing this small amount for this short period of time require a full scale drug recovery program or is it like i suspect where the thought of the rattle is actually worse that it will be from doing a small amount everyday for a week

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
11:57 am May 22nd, 2017

Hi Karl. Call a toll-free Heroin Helpline on 1-888-988-7934 to get in touch with trusted and confidential helpline professionals available 24/7. You will speak to a sympathetic, well-trained individual who can help you find a reliable recovery program that will meet your wife’s treatment needs.

7:30 am May 26th, 2017

Im 25 years old and im heroin addict for 2 years im doing everyday 1 gram on foil sometimes and more when i have more money…before 1 year ago i stoped to do heroine but i treated home on my own not on doctor.I was only in doctors office to ask for some advice and he tells me if i dont use methadone or bubrenophine i will start to do heroine again and he was in right.I need from you some advice how to stop smokin heroine im tellin you im only afraid from my psychic crises not from pain in my body and when my bones is hurting me im very week mental please give me some advice what can i do to stop doing this bad stuff im very young and i never try it on injection i only smoked and im 60kg before using heroine i was 80 for 2 years i have lost 20 kg and my teeth’s is hurting me i must stop to doing but i really need some advice and answers from you i telled you what is my problem only im afraid from my mental weeknes not from my pain goodbye have a nice day.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
5:02 pm May 30th, 2017

Hi Baze. Call a toll-free Heroin Helpline on 1-888-988-7934 to get in touch with trusted and confidential helpline professionals available 24/7. You will speak to a sympathetic, well-trained individual who can help you find a reliable recovery program that will meet your treatment needs.

2:22 am May 31st, 2017

Im from macedonia i don’t know if i can get contact this number.From which country is this number i belive that they will help me with they conversations i need to speak with someone like them i speaked with people who has stoped to do heroine for a 5-6 years but they didn’t help me they only tell me if i really want to stop i will do but when i finish with work im working in restourant and disko for weekend i don’t have what to do after and im buying heroine and go home to smoke on foil and sittin till 6-7 in the moorning and then im going to sleep and when i wake up in 3 clock on afternoon im smoking again and in 4 a clock im going on work but in 10 hour in the eveening i have crises and doing one line on the nose on job i can live like this anymore i hated heroin before 3 years alot and then i have been adicted i still can belive that im addicted on heroin and my mother and father know this and im very ashamed from them i can look them in the face becouse im speending alot of money maybe 500 euros only for heroin just for 1 month and then i found this site and asked you lydia how can you help me if you can speak with me to tell you my facebook account and speak with me there i will be happy just for a momment.Goodbye have a nice evenning :)

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
4:42 pm June 1st, 2017

Hi Erin. First, I suggest that you look into the CRAFT model for families and interventions. One NGO called Allies in Recovery has some online reading that can help:
Moreover, our contributor Amanda Andruzzi, speaks from a personal experience as an ex-wife of an addict. Feel free to leave a comment on some of her articles, she will respond personally and promptly:
Finally, call a toll-free Heroin Helpline on 1-888-988-7934 to get in touch with trusted and confidential helpline professionals available 24/7.

12:49 am June 4th, 2017

I have two new room mates, they just moved in on June 1st. The last day or so I’ve been smelling something strange, and feeling light headed within minutes of the smell.
This afternoon I walked in the front room, and at first I though they were smoking pot, but there was that smell, but 10times stronger, and I now have the most intense headache.
I personally have never gone on the drug path. I don’t judge, or saying anything, unless it is directly effecting me.
when I asked what were they smoking on tin foil, at first they tried to day it was hash, then one of them confiflded in me and said they both are addicted to smoking herion.
I requested out of respect for me, to not do it anywhere, except in the privacy of their room. Now that smell is coming through the vents, and even my back yard smells like it because they keep their windows open.
I know what needs to be done, I’m giving the move out notice by the end of month.
The consist exposure to the smoke and smell, what risk are to me now? With my job, were are required to drug test twice a month.
Any information would be welcome. thank you.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:14 pm June 6th, 2017

Hi Baze. The helpline is mainly aimed for people that are US based. However, I’m contacting you via private email to discuss local help options.

5:01 am June 28th, 2017

Is smoking heroin on tin foil bad for me what damage can the tin foil due

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
5:49 pm June 28th, 2017

Hi Jessica. Yes. Smoking heroin on tin foil is bad for you, and it can lead you to addiction. You may explore our infographic to learn more about long term effects of heroin addiction.

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