My neighbour got a half gee o' shabs few days ago, she said she knows its only of a more moderate quality - decent without actually giving it the label of 'good'. Crystals are small mostly translucent some slightly white in appearance, some a little off-white. They have imperfections throughout such as the appearance of lines (not lines of a different compound or colour, lines like scratches that one could most likely replicate with a needle and an ice cube). Some bowls/hits have had the distinct phetty taste of shabs that she can recall from the first time she was offered the gear by some absolute shabjunks who did nothing but live, breathe, maim, murder and die for the it. On that occasion and the ones that followed the product they were all hyping on about was not translucent, it didnt look like crystals it looked more like small white rocks. The rocks were a little harder to break, but once they were broken up into small pieces and became crushed they looked distinctly crystalline; As if there was almost a sparkle or shine to them. And then some bowls/hits have had a different taste.
(It is at this point in time my neighbour cleans her pipe, and drops in a little bit more of her shabs in an attempt to describe the taste, [although she is skeptical about her ability to do so] the physical properties and the way it acts and reacts to the smoking process)
Melts down crystal clear and is noticeably more viscous than water. Cracks back around 20-30 seconds in good quality borosilicate pipe. Cracks back clear in the thinnest layers and a bit cloudy white/off white in thicker areas. Crack
back begins at a singular point situated on one edge of the puddle and spreads out evenly across it from that edge to the furthest other edge, with the appearance of closely spaced straight lines from the point of singularity to the edges of the puddle. (is it worth mentioning the point of singularity is nothing but the point of origin, rather than an actual discernible point or 'dot') Towards the end of the bowl, the gear doesn't seem to change colour too much. The recrystallisation of the last small amounts don't seem to have darkened a great deal at all (although my neighbour never kills a bowl with too much heat, she is careful) First hit was big, milky white and about 15 seconds long with the bic lighter a few centimeters below with exhalation resulting in a pretty well expected large cloud. Recrystalisation this time was in the same manner and pattern as before, except that there were 3 singular points of origin that spread toward each other only to stop very abruptly in a very clear and distinct straight line between the areas meeting. White residue forms around the top of bowl and along stem although not all covering immediately, quite sparse and thin; Still not entirely covered and still quite thin after her third big hit. Settling of vapour, recrystallising inside the pipe in places along the stem resembles the growth pattern of a bacterial colony in a petri dish, patchy and inconsistent with outer edges resembling the formation of a growing crystal, or frost in winter on glass. (she is assuming this would be due to moisture left inside pipe after cleaning? most efforts appeared to be focussed more towards the bowl)
The bowl my neighbour just packed and has now had four rips from, Does not have the strange taste she had from some she smoked yesterday. While it is obviously a good thing she is getting the phetty taste she thinks the shabs should have, She is possibly very slightly disappointed that she doesnt have the chance right now to re-examine the taste and attempt to describe it as best she can. All she can say is that it was different enough for her to spend a fair amount of time looking for information about the taste of the vapour of msm and other known and recognisable adulterants. She can remember thinking it tasting as though there was plastic melting in it, although the strength of the taste was more moderate rather than strong and obvious. She said the first taste she had of the new bowl's vapour was in the first melting down. She allowed the bowl to fill to about 3/4 capacity/vapour density as the shabs was heated and rolled until it had all only just melted, and lightly blew the small puff out before inhaling the rest of the vapour before recrystalisation occurred. She said the taste of the first vapour was extremely strong, unlike the strange taste she couldn't identify yesterday. More like shabs only it was actually quite a shock to her when it first entered her mouth, could have almost had the ability to makes her mouth water, like there was a sourness to the bitterness. There was and is no irritation issues, nothing that burns her throat or airways or makes one cough. Is pretty standard on the lungs, No real problems aside from the one she always has (which is that she cannot inhale fully/deeply. For reasons still unknown to her she is unable to inhale from her diaphragm, But must instead raise her shoulders upward and use the thoracic region to get her lungs as full as possible. Her lung capacity always seems to diminish smoking the shabs, There is an uncomfortable tightness that feels as though the 10 or 15cm area from the top of the abdomen and bottom area of the ribs is bound in something very tight. This goes away as she is coming down.)
!!!!!!Point of this unintentionally long story !!!!!
(meh, my neighbour is high and she has a propensity to be very thorough and explanatory, She gets a very simple enjoyment from language and different words and quite often needs to be ever so kindly asked to get to the bloody point already or god as a witness she will be taken to a make-shift hospital in a bad neighbourhood to have her brain transplanted with a jar of sweet dill pickles by a land mine victim with only 6 fingers and no indication of an ability to see)
What does msm vapour taste like?
Has anyone been able to come to learn and subsequently been able to identify any other commonly known adulterants by taste and if so what did it taste like?
Does the pattern of recrystallisation fit with the shabs, or does it appear to be that of another substance?
If the melted puddle never really darkens, Why would there sometimes be a dark residue in the pipe - considering other times there is a more opaque kinda white residue?
And unrelated to main topic, does anyone ever experience the same breathing difficulties I explained earlier and if so have you found it to be something that will always happen, or have you found a way to reduce the feeling/problem by altering your smoking method (smaller hits, something to do with posture) and have you found methods for relief?