Opium is a depressant drug which means it slows down the messages travelling between your brain and body. Derived from the poppy (Papaver somniferum), it was traditionally cultivated in the Mediterranean and Asia. The Opium Poppy is one of the oldest plants in recorded history, with information dating back to 5,000 BCE. A milky substance called latex is collected from the poppy, air dried and manufactured into a brown powder or resin. This latex contains a combination of active chemicals such as morphine and codeine.

Mixing Opium with other drugs

Mixing Opium with other drugs

Opium is commonly taken with other drugs such as cannabis and/or methamphetamine.

Black is the mixture of marijuana, methamphetamine and opium.

Buddha is the mix of potent marijuana spiked with opium.


Taking multiple depressant drugs can significantly increase the chances of respiratory and cardiac depression and overdose. Similarly, taking depressants with stimulants may mask the negative effects of either, also leading to overdose.

The Main Effect of Opium

The main effects of opium are exerted by its collection of alkaloids collectively known as ‘opiates’. Opiates predominately affect the functioning of the brain and spinal cord. The levels and potency of alkaloids in opium can be difficult to measure, as they vary between batches, area of growth and growing techniques. The effects of opium last for two-to-three hours, though this is dependent on individual characteristics of the batch. Tolerance to the effects of opium increases quickly.

Side Effects of

There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries risk.

The effects of taking Opium with other drugs including over-the-counter or prescribed medications can be unpredictable and dangerous.