WHAT IS OPIUM?
Opium is the crudest form of the Opiates. Opium is the milky latex fluid contained in the ripened seed pod of the opium poppy. As the fluid is exposed to air, it hardens and turns black in color. Afghanistan is the leading harvester of opium plants in the world. Opium is converted to Heroin in laboratories and it takes approximately ten kilograms of Opium to make one kilogram of Heroin. Opium has powerful narcotic properties and is used as a painkiller in extreme circumstances, such as in terminal stages of cancer. Therefore, a small amount of legal production is discreetly conducted under strict supervision from law enforcement.
WHAT DOES OPIUM LOOK LIKE?
Opium is a black or brown block of tar like substance.
HOW IS OPIUM CONSUMED?
Opium can be consumed by eating and injecting but the most commonly used method is smoking it.
WHAT DOES OPIUM DO TO ME?
Opium causes euphoria, followed by a sense of well being and a calm drowsiness or sedation. Other effects can include nausea, confusion, and constipation. Use of opium with other substances that depress the central nervous system, such as alcohol, increases the risk of life-threatening respiratory depression. Long term use of Opium can lead to drug tolerance meaning the user needs more of the drug to get similar euphoric effects. Opium use can also lead to physical dependence and addiction and withdrawal symptoms. Regular use, even for a few days.
Opium Plant invariably leads to physical tolerance and dependence.
Opium and its various constituents exert effects upon the body ranging from analgesia, or insensitivity, to pain, to narcosis, or depressed physiological activity leading to stupor. Opium users describe experiencing a feeling of calm and well being. Opium addicts in otherwise good physical and mental health whose drug needs are met are thought to experience no debilitating physiological effects from their addiction, although there is some evidence that immune function is compromised. However, their preoccupation with the drug and its acquisition can lead to malnutrition and general poor self-care and an increased risk of disease.
Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse