Brown heroin — white smack with a tan or the real deal?
Over the past few months there have been growing reports of ‘brown heroin’ on the streets of Sydney and other parts of Australia, so much so that even the mainstream media has been reporting on it. But just how brown is this heroin really, and what does that mean for users? What does it mean when it’s beige in colour? In particular, when should you use citric acid in the mix, and how much should you heat it? To answer this, User’s News thought it high time to explain the different types of heroin out there and how they vary when preparing for a shot.
What is heroin and where does it come from?
What is the difference between white and brown heroin?
Brown heroin is what’s known as a ‘base’ rather than a salt, which means it doesn’t dissolve in water very well. It is less pure than white heroin, making it less strong in the same quantities. It also burns at a lower temperature than white heroin, making it ideal for smoking. Brown heroin is much easier to make than white heroin and doesn’t require any special equipment or expertise.
Okay, so what about beige heroin?
One of the problems with white heroin is that it’s not always white. In fact its colour can vary considerably because of small differences in the chemicals and processes used to produce it. Common colour variations on the white theme include off-white, pink (aka pink rocks), and beige. And because white heroin is often more beige than white, it can easily be mistaken for brown heroin.
The big question, then, is what kind of acid to use?
There are four acids people use to make their brown heroin soluble, two of which are okay (citric and ascorbic acid) and two that are terrible and should be avoided at all costs (lemon juice and vinegar).
Gideon Warhaft is the editor of User's News
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