How do you smoke heroin


Possible effects
Heroin relieves fears and tensions and creates a fear-free, relaxed and blissful state in the consumer. Heroin users report a warm and comfortable feeling, euphoric states, visions with great complexity and clarity, an expansion of the mental horizon, beautiful and frightening images in a limbo between wakefulness and sleep.

Negative effects
The relaxing and euphoric states are accompanied by a number of negative phenomena: mental impairments such as confusion, disorientation, memory gaps, indistinct and slurred speech and coordination disorders, extreme constipation, a reduction in sexual desire and - due to the dampening of the cough and breathing centers - a This can result in a severe and life-threatening reduction in the breathing rate to 2-4 breaths per minute.

Mechanism of action
Due to its chemical structure and its high fat solubility, heroin reaches the brain faster than morphine. The short "flooding time" causes an intense intoxication or "kick". The faster a substance gets into the brain, the greater the substance's potential for addiction. Heroin is converted to morphine in the body and then excreted via the kidneys.

Possible long-term consequences
Regular consumption of heroin for several weeks leads to a so-called "tolerance" towards the pain relieving, euphoric and calming effects. More has to be taken in order to achieve the desired states again. With continued consumption, the organism finally reacts with psychological and physical dependence: although the negative effects are becoming more and more evident, the desire for the calming and euphoric effects of the substance is unbroken. At this point, at the latest, you are dependent on and addicted to opioids. As soon as tolerance has developed and the body is not receiving the necessary amount of substance, withdrawal symptoms occur 8-12 hours after the last heroin intake.

If the respective substance is finally discontinued after a long period of consumption, the organism - which has got used to the intake of foreign substances - reacts with unpleasant and often unbearable withdrawal symptoms (sweats and chills, runny eyes and noses, vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness, Irritability, weakness, anxiety, depressive states, painful cramps, insomnia and, more rarely, hallucinations, psychotic phases and seizures).

Regardless of the duration of consumption - even the first time - the use of previously used syringes and syringe equipment (such as spoons and filters) can lead to the transmission of chronic infectious diseases such as hepatitis or HIV (“AIDS virus”).

Never consume with ...

  • Due to the dampening effect on the respiratory center, downers should not be consumed under any circumstances in diseases of the lungs (such as asthma).
  • Since the liver and kidneys are heavily burdened by the breakdown of heroin, people with pre-existing liver or kidney diseases can worsen the clinical picture.

Mixed consumption

  • Heroin and other downers (e.g. alcohol or benzodiazepines)
    The effects of these substances are mutually reinforcing - the dangers of an overdose or respiratory paralysis and consequent coma or death increase sharply. Likewise, taking heroin and GHB at the same time greatly increases the risk of respiratory paralysis.
  • Heroin and cocaine
    Combinations of cocaine and opioids put a strain on the body due to their opposite effects on the organism. Shortness of breath and cardiovascular failure can occur as immediate consequences.

Risk reduction

  • The combination (before, at the same time and after) two or more "dower", such as opioids, sleeping pills and sedatives, GHB and alcohol increases the risk of nausea, vomiting, unconsciousness and respiratory paralysis. There is a particularly high risk of overdose with substances with a long duration of action - such as benzodiazepines.
  • The risk of overdosing is particularly high after long periods of non-consumption and with extremely “pure substances”.
  • In contrast to “injecting” heroin, smoking or sniffing heroin is associated with slightly lower health risks: the amount can be better regulated, and the risk of infection - for example for HIV and hepatitis (jaundice) - is very low. However, sharing tubes for consumption through the nose also increases the risk of hepatitis infection. Smoking heroin can irritate the respiratory tract, sniffing can irritate the nasal mucosa.

When using intravenous means, you should be aware of the following points:

  • Intravenous consumption is characterized by a rapid and powerful onset of action. Physical tolerance development as well as psychological and physical addiction occur more quickly with this form of consumption than with all other forms of intake.
  • Chronic infectious diseases such as hepatitis and HIV can easily be passed on through used syringes and syringes. Use with i.v. Consume fresh needles, syringes, filters, swabs, distilled water, and ascorbic acid. In some advice centers, such as Jedmayer, you can exchange your old syringes for new ones free of charge.
  • The liquid in the syringe must be clear and not contain crumbs or flakes - dirt can cause major health complications such as heart disease, abscesses, and embolisms (sudden occlusion of blood vessels).
  • Do not inject into old puncture sites and always clean the skin with an alcohol swab beforehand.
  • Before injecting, you need to push the air out of the syringe.


Heroin, whose chemical name is diacetylmorphine, belongs to the class of semi-synthetic opioids. The so-called morphine base is extracted from the juice of the poppy plant (papaver somniferum) using a distillation process. After further chemical processes, including the addition of acetic anhydride, diacetylmorphine is finally formed.

Illegal, non-medical heroin - also called "H", "brown" or "poison" - is usually diluted with substances such as glucose, lime, powdered sugar or paracetamol in the street scene before it is sold -45% up.

Heroin was first synthesized in 1874 and brought onto the market in 1898 by the pharmaceutical company Bayer as a drug for the treatment of coughs. Since heroin was administered orally to treat coughs and thus slowly entered the brain and only had a weak psychological effect, the great addiction potential of this substance was not recognized for a long time. In the U.S.A. at the beginning of the 20th century the rejection of the then relatively widespread non-medical consumption of heroin rose, which finally led to the signing of the "Opium Agreement" in 1912. The opium agreement, a forerunner of the opium ban, envisaged the "gradual suppression of the abuse of opium, morphine, cocaine and such processing and derivatives of these substances, which give rise or can give rise to similar abuses". In 1920, 43 states joined the opium agreement, and in 1961 poppy straw concentrate, opium, raw opium, heroin, methadone, morphine and codeine were included in the New York Convention on Narcotic Drugs.


The law
In 1961 poppy straw concentrate, opium, raw opium, heroin, methadone, morphine and codeine were included in the New York Convention on Narcotic Drugs. Heroin is subject to the Narcotics Act and its criminal penalties. In particular, the acquisition, production, import and export, transfer to and procurement for others (transfer, sale, etc.) is punishable by law and can result in fines and imprisonment.