is the crudest form and also the least potent of the Opiates. Opium is the milky
latex fluid contained in the un-ripened seed pod of the opium poppy. As the
fluid is exposed to air, it hardens and turns black in color. This dried form
is typically smoked, but can also be eaten. Opium is grown mainly in Myanmar
(formerly Burma) and Afghanistan.
When first used, opium can
give users a feeling of euphoria, extreme calm, or well being. Their troubles
may seem unimportant and nothing else really matters, except for the fact that
the drug works. But often nightmares and hallucinations may come into play when
the affects of the drug wears off. At that point, individuals with an opium
addiction will often need more of the opium to satisfy their need for more.
As time goes on, the addict develops an increasing tolerance to the effects
of the drug, and more and more of the drug is needed to produce the initial
effect of euphoria. Many individuals who suffer from an addiction to opium will
eventually gets symptoms of withdrawal after years of using opium.
symptoms include but are not limited to:
- loss of appetite
- muscle spasms
- mood swings