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Injecting vs smoking

Discussion in 'Heroin' started by Gelsemium, Mar 3, 2015.

  1. Gelsemium

    Gelsemium Community Champion

    Unfortunately I've met plenty of cases of friends and relatives consuming heroin and I've noticed that the ones smoking it seemed not to be as addicted as the ones injecting it. When recovering the process seemed "easier" as well. Anyone with this experience too?
  2. timelord731

    timelord731 Senior Contributor

    Intravenous use typically lasts longer and is a stronger high. It is heightened experience to an already heightened experience.
  3. Gelsemium

    Gelsemium Community Champion

    Yep, I think it's pretty much as you say, directly into the blood stream has a totally different effect so I am guessing it has to be more addicting as well.
  4. Charli

    Charli Community Champion

    I've heard from some people that most drugs in themselves aren't necessarily all that addictive, which is why many people in ancient times have been using them without much trouble, but with the invention of injection needles, the drugs suddenly now have way more potency potential. I haven't done research on it, admittedly, but it does sound sensible to me.
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  5. timelord731

    timelord731 Senior Contributor

    People were incredibly addicted to opium. At one time, 27% of Chinese men were addicted to opium. The english even started a war over it because selling it to the Chinese was so profitable.
  6. Rowe992

    Rowe992 Senior Contributor

    I have had similar observations. My theory is that the people that use needles are the ones that used to smoke but they no longer get the same high they got initially and so they turn to injections because they want to feel more high. This makes it harder for them to quite because they are more addicted than the persons who make have started smoking it.
  7. Gelsemium

    Gelsemium Community Champion

    I never thought of this under this perspective to be honest, but it makes sense that we can become more addicted with needles because injecting something directly into the bloodstream has a different effect than smoking.
  8. timelord731

    timelord731 Senior Contributor

    It just lasts longer and it significantly more intense.
  9. vegito12

    vegito12 Community Champion

    Using the needles can be unsafe, as you don't know if it is clean or someone else used it before you and don't now what will be the side affects if you inject yourself with heroin. It may give you a longer edge and, may seem to have a bit more energy but it will wear down and will be depressed. It may seem like a good idea, but will have marks from the needles where you inject yourself and could turn into a wound if left untreated.
  10. Gelsemium

    Gelsemium Community Champion

    Not to mention that sure vegito, if we are using needles there is the risk of these needles being shared and with them diseases. I wonder if an addict has the clarity of mind to avoid sharing needles with others...
  11. Sparkster

    Sparkster Community Champion

    I've only ever tried smoking Heroin once and have never injected it. I didn't enjoy smoking it, it was horrible. However, my brother-in-law started off by smoking it then moved on to injecting after a few years. There was a major difference. I had never seen him 'smack out' properly before until he had started injecting. I don't think smoking it can affect you that intensely. Injecting it causes it to pass the blood-brain barrier faster.
  12. karmaskeeper

    karmaskeeper Community Champion

    I could see where shooting it up would be a stronger longer high. As stated earlier it's going right into the blood stream.
  13. Gelsemium

    Gelsemium Community Champion

    A lot of stress has been put on the transmissible diseases by sharing needles, but the fact it that is just one more of the negative aspects of the question.
  14. Sparkster

    Sparkster Community Champion

    That's actually a very relevant point which I very rarely see mentioned. Many users do indeed share needles - if they desperately need a fix then they won't care about the potential health consequences of sharing a needle and will do it anyway if there's no other option. Of course, there are numerous diseases which can be spread in such a way, some of them very dangerous.
  15. calicer1996

    calicer1996 Community Champion

    Intravenous injections are way more addicting than most addicts think. It goes straight into the blood stream after all!
    It's common sense. Anything injected is stronger than the same thing smoked.
  16. Gelsemium

    Gelsemium Community Champion

    That's why there are programs to prevent AIDS and other diseases, but this is just the tip of the iceberg, it's just a terrible situation and it's shocking there isn't more awareness.
  17. rightct

    rightct Community Champion

    Well, it's the truth; you could find many articles on the Internet telling you that injecting is in fact the worst attempt at consuming heroin if you wanted to take it only once, as opposed to smoking it, if you wanted to just have a great time. I've made a separate thread explaining how I took heroin by smoking. Long story short, it was great. I felt bad for consuming it, but no remorses.
    Anyway, the sensation is by far very different. Injecting it is much more intensifying, but smoking it... I don't know, kind of feels like marijuana.
  18. JadeVengeance

    JadeVengeance Active Contributor

    Hello everyone I am new to this.
    Both my parents and a few family members have been exposed to herein and are addicted to the drug.
    My Father recently was diagnosed with Hepatitis C and I was wondering is injecting more damaging that smoking and what are the health risks of both?
  19. amin021023

    amin021023 Community Champion

    I'm sorry to hear that. well it seems smoking is less addictive and risky but injecting I think is healthier if it's pure stuff.Are you sure you can't talk to him to go to rehab or something?
  20. JadeVengeance

    JadeVengeance Active Contributor

    Yes I have tried to convince him but he will not listen. I have gave up if I am honest. It is his problem