I used the search through a couple different forums and hasn't found too much information on this; I have however heard that smoking heroin is a waste. SWIM usually smokes heroin out of a glass pipe, but prefers to stay away from it because he finds the price to be high and the ability to get high to be low. I have heard that smoking it is a waste anyways but he was just wondering if, as with most other drugs, it would be more beneficial to first convert heroin to its base (as it is usually supplied as its hydrochloride salt). I know this is true for drugs such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and cocaine, and through his own small amount of chemistry background, would assume it would be better to first convert it to base. Can someone please let SWIM know if a) it would be better to convert heroin to base before smoking it (though I haven't read ANYTHING about this) b) how this might affect bioavailability and c) if baking soda or ammonia would be suitable chemicals for this process. SWIM thanks You in advance for the reply.