Black Tar Heroin Look and Smell

Black tar heroin is a sticky, tar-like form of heroin that carries even more of the health risks of powdered forms of heroin. But what does black tar heroin look and smell like? Black tar is also a very highly-addictive form of opiate, and in the case of overdose, black tar is deadly.

Where Does Black Tar Heroin Come From?

Unlike other forms of heroin that originate in Asia,, Afghanistan in particular,  black tar heroin is a form of heroin that  primarily originates in Mexico and the Southwest United States.
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What are Names of Black Tar Heroin?

On the street, the drug is known by the following terms:

  • Black tar
  • Black pearls
  • Mexican mud
  • Pigment
  • Black Clown
  • Nut job
  • Chiva
  • Ache
  • Piedra

How is Black Tar Heroin Made?

Heroin originates from the gum of the opium poppy plant, the genus papaver somniferum, which is legal and widely available. By using a razor blade to cut slices of the bulb of poppy and waiting for the drops of thick, white opium gum to escape, the process of making heroin begins. Then, the gum is scraped and processed with water and acids to extract a morphine solution. After that occurs, some adulterants are used to cut the strength of the drug. Some commonly used adulterants include:

  • Flour
  • Chalk
  • Baby powder
  • Caffeine
  • Talcum powder
  • Sucrose
  • Cornstarch
  • Powdered milk

What Does Black Tar Heroin Look Like?

Black tar heroin is sticky and dark in color. The dark color appearance of black tar results from synthetic processing that leaves behind remnants of chemical and bacterial impurities. It is believed that this solid form of heroin is not as potent as pure heroin.

What Does Black Tar Heroin Smell Like?

Again, black tar heroin is much cheaper and less pure than other forms of the drug. As part of the manufacturing process, the black tar is often mixed with acid and other additives to increase the high. The additives and other chemicals contribute to the vinegar smell of the powdered version of heroin. With that in mind, because of the processing with other acids, black tar heroin has a much stronger vinegar smell than any other form of heroin.

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Side Effects of Black Tar Heroin

In general, many people believe that black tar heroin is less pure than other forms of the drug, which makes it less dangerous, but that is far from the truth. While it’s generally believed that white heroin is a purer form of the drug, it’s often mixed with other powders to keep the price low. As a result of the faster, cruder process through which black tar heroin goes, typically around 30% purity is obtained from the black tar heroin, but the actual purity is not as consistent. Although the process used to create black tar heroin makes it cheaper to produce and purchase, it also makes it less pure and more dangerous due to the tar used in the process. Some of the most common side effects from black tar heroin use include:

  • Insomnia
  • Collapsed veins
  • Damaged tissue
  • Infection of the heart
  • Abscesses
  • Constipation
  • Stomach cramps
  • Kidney disease
  • Wound botulism
  • Lung disease
  • Erectile dysfunction in men
  • Irregular menstrual cycles

Complications of Using Black Tar Heroin

Chronic use of black tar can substantially increase the risk for the following medical complications:

Similar to the effects from using heroin in the powdered form, black tar heroin use leads  to increased tolerance and a psychological addiction. The increased tolerance, physical and psychological addiction to black, make it difficult to stop using. Depending on the  manufacturing process, the purity, and other personal factors related to use of the drug, there are also a large variety of other dangers.

Some of dangers and complications of black tar heroin use can include the following:

  • Hardened veins from intravenous use
  • Narrowed veins from intravenous use
  • Soft-tissue infections
  • Breathing issues
  • Damaged nasal tissue
  • Endocarditis
  • Mental health problems
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Arthritis
  • Death

Black tar heroin addiction can severely have a negative impact on a person’s life. Living with heroin addiction quickly and easily affects all areas of a person’s life. Black tar heroin use has led to relationship problems, job loss, financial problems, and ultimately a number legal troubles.

Black Tar Heroin Overdose Symptoms

Because of the nature of the effects of black tar heroin, often it is very difficult to tell if a person is just very ‘high’ from injecting, snorting, or smoking black tar heroin, or if they are experiencing a black tar heroin overdose.

If you notice any of the following effects in someone who has used black tar heroin in any form, they could be experiencing an overdose from using black tar.

  • Losing consciousness
  • Losing the ability to speak
  • Shallow, slow, or breathing has stopped
  • Skin that has turned bluish purple or gray
  • Gurgling sounds
  • Choking
  • Vomiting
  • Clammy skin
  • Nausea
  • Limp body
  • Slow, erratic, or stopped pulse
  • Fingernails turn blue or black
  • Lips turn blue or black

An overdose from black tar heroin can be fatal if left unassisted. Because people have an increased tolerance of the drug, means that the risk of overdose increases.

Black Tar Heroin Addiction Treatment

If you or a loved one are fighting an addiction to black tar heroin, getting help fighting the addiction should not feel like an overwhelming or daunting task. Heroin withdrawal symptoms can be difficult to overcome say the least, and often, an addiction to black tar heroin comes from pain management gone awry. Call us at the Better Wellness Group. Our heroin addiction intervention specialists are skilled in crafting the best treatments to beat addiction to black tar heroin. Call us today.