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.
Opium is commonly smoked, but can also be injected, swallowed or drunk. Raw opium has a bitter taste due to the alkaloid levels. Ingesting and injecting opium may increase the chance of overdose. Some of the most common ways to take opium are to smoke it via a bong or a pipe or take it in the form of a pill.
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.
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.