What are the effects of opium on the body?

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sciencesolve | Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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The effects the opium consumption has on the human body fall in two categories: short-term effect and long-term effect.

The short-term effects depend on the route of administration of substance, hence, the opium can either be injected in the bloodstream, or it can be inhaled. f the opium is injected, the effects are felt within seconds, while, if it is inhaled, the first effect can be felt after about 15 minutes. The short-term effects are a state of relaxation and freedom, an exaggerated state of happiness, warmth, heavy extremities, constricted pupils, nausea and slowed breathing.

The long-term effects depend less on the route of administration of opium, but there exists some side effects that mostly occur when a route of administration is commonly used. For instance, if it is injected, opium can cause the infection of heart valves and collapsed veins. Long-term opium consumption damages the liver, kidneys, lungs and the brain.

The opium consumption leads to addiction and if the consumption is stopped, the body experiences not only the worst psycho-emotional states, but physical pains, also.

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udonbutterfly | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Opium throughout the late 18th century and early 19th century was seen as a medicine of sorts. You would be able to find it all types of cough syrups because of relaxed, anxiety free feeling it gave. Opium is a product of dried opium poppy seeds and its very addictive (which is why it was banded in the 19th century). Over time those who use opium can acquire lung disorders, brain damage, liver failure and cancer.

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zumba96 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Opium is similar to heroin and can greatly damage your body. When someone smokes opium it is quickly passed through the lungs causing even more damage. The effects turn out slower when mixed with food or drinks. An opium high is very similar to a heroin high. The user experiences a rush of pleasure, followed by an extended period of relaxation, freedom from anxiety, and the relief of physical pain.

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