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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?

Yes.

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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24 Responses to “Smoking heroin
erin
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

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: http://alliesinrecovery.net/about-craft/
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: http://addictionblog.org/author/amanda/
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.

karl
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.

Baze
7:30 am May 26th, 2017

Hello!
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.

Baze
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
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.

Debi
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.

Jessica
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.

Melissa
3:48 am July 1st, 2017

Need good advice & help.. my situation has to do with my husband, and possibly myself for the “codependency” from what I’ve read about. Our story starts about 8 yrs ago. I met him through friends and very quickly became addicted to heroin. He was using it already so part of him already had that desire of wanting it. Through out the years we’ve been through withdrawals, struggles and even almost having our daughter taken away. Now at the time that happened I decided it was best to part our ways, because in my eyes I couldn’t bare the fact of me not having my daughter. She wasn’t even 1 yrs old. I admit it was hard to over come my heroin addiction, but eventually I did. My daughter is 6 now and I have been clean no relapse for 5 years. I’m very thankful. Back to my husbands battle.. he unfortunately was not able to completely decide to stay clean & not relapse. He’s been in & out of jail. And even though I’m clean, it breaks my heart. I love this man very much. He loves his family and is never violent .. the drug addiction however just won’t go away. Part of me feels sad, mad, anxious and in my mind not fair. I made the choice to stay away from it and I pray & wish he could do the same. I’m so confused & have no idea what to do because I did not go to rehab I quit on my own & found my inner strength through my daughter. How can I help him through this without making it seem like I’m being judgmental or making him think I’m better? I don’t want him to think that. I want to help & support him but I just don’t know how. It hurts and breaks my heart whenever I find out he relapsed .. I don’t want to sound selfish but part of me gets so upset that he can’t get better for me & his daughter. Someone please help! :'(

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:10 pm July 28th, 2017

Hi Melissa. You may look into the CRAFT model for families and interventions. One NGO called Allies in Recovery has some online reading that can help: http://alliesinrecovery.net/about-craft/
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: http://addictionblog.org/author/amanda/

Mairtin
5:49 am August 13th, 2017

Greetings y’all. Decent piece above in relation to smoking heroin. I am from Dublin,
Ireland and am living here now, started using heroin in London in 1991, and permitted it to accompany wherever I went for the next 26 years, including a year in San Francisco and another in Chicago. I used IV for the bulk of that time, but also smoked a fair bit – the brown powder gear that is predominantly prevalent around Europe is very conducive to doing just that.
Anyway, I would have been very much in the “you can’t OD smoking gear” camp, until the events of 9 August 2016, which by delightful coincidence was my son’s 4th birthday. I had been in rehab for the month of June, came out a mess, and initially started relapsing on coke and crack. However on 8 August I scored a 30 euro bag of h, having already snorted a couple of grams of coke and drank some wine. Naturally I was aware my tolerance would have vanished, so I approached with caution, and when I chased the gear on the foil I got an enormous shock, as I swear after going up and down once with it I felt a rush reminiscent of banging up and a sense that this was ludicrously strong gear, low tolerance or not. So wary was I that I only did 2 more up and downs of it before putting it away and stretching out on the couch to watch some TV.
And it was on said couch that my wife found me at 7.30am the following morning. Blue. Struggling to breathe. Blood emanating from nose and mouth. Barely alive, but making, she said, the most insanely chilling animalistic groaning noises of extreme agitation. I barely remember my own shock at coming around with paramedics looking at me.
Turned out that my gear contained fentanyl. There were several deaths in Ireland and UK around that time. I am a very lucky boy………..

Karly
12:13 am August 17th, 2017

OMG Erin, I’m going thru the same exact situation!! :'(((((

shar
1:50 pm August 29th, 2017

my roommate has been smoking H in her room and but my kid is in the next room there water controled heater vents are connected. there has been times when they would open thier door and clouds of smoke would come out. not it does smell like cigarette smoke but “chasing the dragon” is a vapor right|? so theres a very high chance my kids room could be filling up with H as well.he says he feels dizzy alot of the times he sleeps most of the day. if this is the reason why. im gonna freak right now!!!!

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
4:43 pm August 31st, 2017

Hi Shar. It may affect your kid. However, you need a healthy environment to raise your kid, and an addict in the next room is not on the list.

Laura
1:30 pm September 5th, 2017

My son was arrested for a small amount of marijuana and a small amount of heroin . One tiny rock the cop said , after retrieving his car I found more heroin in his room . I’m pretty sure he’s smoking it either lacing weed or in a bong . question is how serious is the withdrawl process process . how do I dispose of what I found.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
5:54 pm September 5th, 2017

Hi Laura. It all depends from many factors such as the individual’s general health, frequency of use, dosage, etc. I suggest that you download our free e-book ‘The Definitive Guide To Withdrawal’ to learn more: http://addictionblog.org/ebooks/the-definitive-guide-to-drug-withdrawal/

Claudia
3:55 pm September 11th, 2017

Hi there everyone I do know anything much about drugs.. I need some advice.. My brother has a drink problem but he has friends that smoke heroine.. lately he has come home drunk as anything and getting horrible towards us.. He is saying that it’s his friends smoke and not the cider that he is drinking.. is he getting high from there smoke and horrible from that

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:16 pm September 13th, 2017

Hi Claudia. This sounds serious. 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: http://alliesinrecovery.net/about-craft/

lori
4:58 am September 18th, 2017

my name is lori, my daughter 24yo and her bf 20 are both smoking heroin. they’ve been doing it in my house, in their room. i really started becoming aware of it for the past month and a half. i started noticing the constant need for money. she stopped working, when she was working she was very unreliable. she quit college 1 month shy of her b.a. degree. she can’t pay her bills etc etc. it makes me feel so sad. it’s like i mourn my daughter. i want her back so bad. she recently moved w/ her bf to the next town about 45 min away. i miss and worry about her. i worry about her emotional state. i recently went up there and got some of their pictures printed and we went to a thrift store to find pic frames they liked, bought her candles, just trying to make her remember when she like to buy things like that. i want her to miss the life she had before heroin. i know im enabling and understand now that im leading with my emotions. its just so hard to let go. im afraid she’s never going to come back. its so sad. i need help cause i have another daughter and a grandson that i feel aren’t getting the attention they need and deserve. it feels like this addiction is hogging up everything out of me. my money, emotions, hope etc.

Nancy
7:43 pm October 19th, 2017

My brother says that he’s “safe” because he smokes heroin every three days. What’s the basis behind this belief? Obviously, I don’t think it’s possibly true but I’d like to be able to respond with facts.

gerald
6:23 am November 13th, 2017

I’m 60 years old and I’ve smoked heroin since I was 35 and I suffer no health problems , I lead a busy life and I eat healthy food so I don’t suffer from any of the side effects you mention except for the vomiting , I was so stupid to combine heroin smoking with drinking weed tea with cow’s butter and that made me vomit a week ago because I never eat butter or any dairy so that made me ill , not the heroin !

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