Originally Posted by Lalaporo
My friend was just reading a book about the conversion of opium
base and then morphine base to #3 herion. It says that this heroin
is used for smoking so i was wondering if this #3 heroin is the same as the black tar heroin? I have no experience with heroin so please excuse me
- four major types of heroin
: Mexican, South American (mostly Colombian), Southwest Asian (mostly from Afghanistan) and Southeast Asian.
- As reported in the last several issues of Pulse Check, high-purity snortable South American (Colombian) white heroin is the most common type, especially in the Northeast. Mexican black tar, a lower purity, injectable heroin, follows as the most common type and is widely available in most western Pulse Check cities. Southwest Asian heroin is the least available of the types of heroin and is considered widely available only in Chicago and New Orleans. Southeast Asian heroin is considered widely available only in New Orleans, Portland (ME), and Washington, DC.
Heroin is a semi-synthetic opiate
synthesized from morphine
Four types of South-East Asian heroin can be distinguished:
Heroin No. 1
Crude morphine is sometimes called Heroin No. 1.
Heroin No. 2
Heroin base prior to its conversion to the hydrochloric salt: white to off-white, pale grey or dark brown, solid or powdered.
Heroin No. 3
Smokable form of heroin, not as highly refined as Heroin No.4: hard granular material from light brown to dark grey, sometimes red or pink coloured, containing 25-45% of heroin hydrochloride and other substances such as caffeine
Heroin No. 4
Injectable form of heroin: white powder with little odour and without adulterants, purity up to 98% heroin hydrochloride.
Crude heroin base: medium-brown, hard chunks with vinegar-like odour produced in a process without purification step (purity level, when uncut: 40-60%).
Black Tar Heroin
Crudely processed heroin, mainly of Mexican origin: dark brown to near black material, sticky like roofing tar or hard like coal, with a strong vinegar-like odour (purity level: 30-60% heroin hydrochloride); it appears to "melt" in the presence of heat or humidity.