Opium Effects on Your Body and Mind

Willow Place on January 5, 2018
Opium Effects on Your Body and Mind

For many years, people have been relying on opium effects to take the edge off and get high. However, you might be wondering what these effects are and what opium is in the first place.

Opium comes directly from the poppy plant, has a very bitter taste, and a strong smell. One of the primary compounds of opium is morphine, which is chemically similar to heroin and other opiates. Opium can be converted into highly potent heroin. On a drug test, opium can be easily confused for a positive result for heroin and other opiates. Ingesting this drug leads to a wide range of effects that can cause physical and psychological dependence, problems in your personal life and with your health, and withdrawal symptoms when you try to quit using.

Common Opium Effects

Similar to opioid drugs that include pharmaceuticals like oxycontin, vicodin, percocet and illegal drugs like heroin, opium effects in the short term include a high that makes you feel relaxed, painless, and it reduces anxiety. It also impairs judgement and coordination, making you appear visibly intoxicated, and it is dangerous to operate heavy machinery like driving a car. Generally, opium effects last just under five hours, depending on your tolerance and how much you ingest.

Like any drugs or alcohol, regular use of opium increases your tolerance, so eventually you’ll need a bigger dose to achieve the same opium effects. This is known as an increased tolerance which is a direct result of excessive use. Additionally, because opium users grow to like the sense of calmness and ease they feel when they are high, it can cause increased anxiety and mental issues when the person is not high. Thus the vicious cycle of using and trying to stop is born.

Opium is harmful. Mostly it is harmful when it is used over a long period of time, but many people suffer from short-term problems also. As with any substance, there is the danger of overdose which can lead to serious mental disability, coma, and death. Opium can be ingested in many different ways, with one of the most common ways being to smoke it. This causes a lot of damage to the lungs, even when it is only used for a short period of time.

Negative Opium Effects

If you think opium addiction doesn’t sound so bad, think again. There are many negative opium effects that you don’t want to experience. Most people abuse opium for the euphoria it produces along with pain relief, but the negative far outweighs the positive. Many of the side effects mimic opioid use.

Constipation is one of the worst side effects, with very uncomfortable results. Along with that comes itching and scratching, which can get so severe that people scratch at themselves until they bleed. It isn’t uncommon for opium and opioid users to come to rehab with sores and scratch marks all over their face and body. Nausea and vomiting is another unpleasant side effect brought on by opium use. It can lead people to lose large amounts of weight because they have no desire to eat. And when they do eat, they can’t keep it down. Other side effects can include sleepiness or “nodding out”, overall weakness, dizziness, and even seizures.

One of the most scary side effects is respiratory depression, which even at a small dose can make a person stop breathing altogether. If it isn’t reversed in time, an overdose like this can cause death. Contrary to popular belief, no one is immune, even if they have been using opium for a while. Being high can make you forget how much you are ingesting, and you can take a larger dose than intended. When an overdose happens, time is of the essence. Just a few minutes without oxygen will cause brain tissue to deterioirate, which can lead to permanent brain damage, coma, and death.

As you can see, opium effects can wreak havoc on your mind and body. Opium addiction is incredibly difficult to overcome, but it can be done in a professional setting. If you or someone you know if suffering from opium addiction, get help as soon as possible.

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