Black Tar Heroin
There are different forms of heroin, and one of the biggest distinctions between them is how they look, but also in many cases what they contain. For example, black tar heroin is something often talked about, and people wonder what does black tar heroin look like, and what does black tar heroin smell like.
Below is an overview of what black tar heroin is, and other details such as black tar heroin effects.
The United States has seen a tremendous uptick in all opioid activity, and the use of opioids like heroin across the country has been dubbed the opioid epidemic. There’s a market in the U.S. for black tar heroin, specifically.
Black tar heroin gets its name from its appearance, which resembles black tar in color and consistency. It’s unique from other forms of heroin which are initially sold as a powder, and it’s the only type of heroin that comes in solid form.
There are certain regions in the world that are known for the production of black tar heroin, and in the U.S. the majority of this product comes from Mexico.
Most of the risks of black tar heroin are similar to what’s found with white heroin, but there are distinctive risks with this type as well.
As was touched on, black tar heroin in the U.S. primarily comes from Mexico, and in the past, much of the heroin from south of the U.S. border was brown heroin. Brown heroin is considered very impure and low quality, but as Afghan drug producers began importing more high-quality heroin into the U.S., Mexico created black tar heroin in response.
Despite the fact that black tar heroin is purer than brown heroin, it’s still only 25 to 30% pure, and it’s much less pure than white heroin powder in most cases. The lower quality translates to lower prices, which is one of the biggest areas of appeal for many users.
Specifically speaking, black tar heroin is defined as heroin acetate. What this means essentially is that black tar heroin goes through fewer purification steps than other forms of heroin, and that’s why it looks the way it does and has the texture it does.
Black tar heroin produces many of the same effects as other forms of heroin, but sometimes the effects are felt more strongly. Black tar heroin effects can include relaxation, euphoria, and feeling very drowsy or nodding off. As with other forms of the drug, with black tar heroin users will feel nauseous, impaired, and like they lack coordination and concentration. Other black tar heroin effects include constipation, itching, diarrhea and dry mouth.
One of the most detrimental black tar heroin effects, aside from overdose, is the risk of dependence and addiction. These risks are just as high with black tar heroin as with other types of the drug.
Along with the black tar heroin effects that are similar to other types of heroin, there’s something else to worry about with this drug, and that’s the lack of purity and the unknown ingredients it can contain. Black tar heroin often contains additives and substances that can cause infections and health problems on their own.
When someone uses black tar heroin intravenously, they’re at a higher risk of getting an infection at the site where they inject it, such as botulism. There’s also a higher risk of damage to the veins in people who inject black tar heroin, and it can lead to conditions like necrotizing fasciitis.
Black tar heroin looks like sticky tar, or it can be hard and look more like coal. The color and consistency of black tar heroin are like that because of the processing methods that leave impurities in it. In some cases, black tar heroin may also look dark orange or dark brown.
Black tar heroin smells more strongly of vinegar in many cases, and this is because of the chemical processes that are used to make it. Higher-quality heroin that’s purer tends to have been washed after it’s synthesized, so it may have minimal odor, but black tar heroin since it is less pure and may additives will usually have a stronger smell.
Depending on what it’s mixed with, the black tar heroin smell may differ from batch to batch slightly, but regardless of what the exact smell seems like, it will still be more pungent than purer heroin.
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