Codeine is one of the least psychoactive drugs in the world. It has many physical effects on the body including drowsiness, constipation, sedation, suppress cough, and also slow down reactions. Codeine is the third most common alkaloid in the opium poppy plant. Codeine is in up to three percent concentration in the opium's sap. The opium sap is obtained by cutting an immature papaverus somniferous and letting the latex drip out. The latex s refined into heroin, morphine, and codeine. Codeine has many different recreational uses. The most common use of codeine is in a mix of promethazine with codeine and sprite or any other carbonated beverage of choice. Codeine is also a base drug of many homemade drugs. Codeine is mixed with pyridine to obtain morphine. This morphine can be acetylated to make heroin. Codeine can be injected intravenously or intramuscularly. A very common and scary drug named Krokodil (desomorphine) uses codeine as it main ingredient, followed by other common household ingredients such as what follows: Red phosphorus from match heads, paint thinner, iodine, gasoline, and caffeine tablets. Codeine is used as a pharmaceutical and as an ingredient for them. Codeine is also used as an agent for many other pharmaceutical drugs. Codeine is combined with paracetamol, aspirin, and ibuprofen. Synthesized codeine versions are very common painkillers. Some of the painkillers are tramadol, dextropropoxyphene, dihydrocodeine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone.
Codeine is not a very pleasant drug to use. Codeine slows down reaction time, makes users drowsy, and causes constipation. Users become physically dependent to this drug after a while of using it. This drugs dependence rate causes users to need the drug whether or not they like it. Some of the signs of withdrawal are runny nose, sweating, insomnia, weakness, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle spasms, chills, irritability, and pain.