Opioids & Opiates

Opioids are psychoactive substances that have morphine-like effects. They are used medically to deliver a strong pain relieving sensation and general feeling of well-being. They are also known for their recreational use, as their effects also include deep relaxation and very strong euphoria.

While in some cases they can be obtained in a pure form, as prescribed by your doctor, they usually come in the form of tablets laced with other light analgesic substances (that are damaging and present to prevent people from abusing the opioids) like paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin. Thankfully, these harmful substances can be removed by performing a cold water extraction.

Medical Use

  • Pain relief
  • Anesthesia
  • Suppress cough
  • Treat addiction

Recreational Use

  • Strong euphoria
  • Deep relaxation
  • Warmness and well-being

The Difference


Opiates are alkaloids that come from the opium poppy – they are completely natural. The main opiates are morphine, codeine and thebaine.


Opioids is a much broader term, it includes all drugs with morphine-like effects, natural (opiates) and synthetic. This means that both opiates and substances derived from natural opiates, which are called synthetic or semi-synthetic, like hydrocodone, oxycodone and fentanyl are all opioids.

Adverse Effects

When used correctly opioids are absolutely safe, studies have shown.

Opioid analgesics, unlike many other drugs like paracetamol, do not cause any harm to a specific organ.

Now, their adverse side effects are:

  • Sedation
  • Hallucinations
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Falls

Dependence and Addiction

Opioid use for extended periods of time, like nearly all other drugs and medication, can cause physical dependence and psychological compulsion to consume the substance.

But, unlike other drugs, it has been extremely hard to find any evidence to prove that opioids cause addiction, although tolerance does increase with use and withdrawal will ensue if there is an abrupt stop. The conclusion from these studies has been that if opioid intake is properly managed, one can get all the benefits they provide with little to none possibility of addiction and other bad side effects.

Psychologically speaking though, it’s different. Users can get used to their effects, either medically or recreationally, to the point that they will want to keep using it and with higher regularity, leading to addiction and withdrawal symptoms if not consumed. Withdrawal symptoms include dysphoria, irritability, mood swings, tremors and vomiting.

Rated and Reviewed by Professionals


Opioids are considered to be among the safest substances available, if taken properly and with care.

The Very Best

Opioids are the very best at treating pain, unmatched by any other substance.

Help Section

If you feel like you have fallen into opioid addiction or are losing control over the use of these substances, please read the articles below to find out what it means to be addicted to opioids, what to do and how to stop. Remember, we’re here to help you 24/7 as well, just send us a message.

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  • Carmen Wells says:

    I was part of the group that kindly requested that you guys wrote this section to further opioid knowledge (since they’re very much connected to CWE) and I’m out of my mind pleased to see it done so quickly and so well! You guys never disappoint, it’s insane. Forever grateful! Kisses – Carmen

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      We try our hardest to make our content great both information wise and also visually so we’re extremely happy that you notice it and enjoy it. Thank you Miss Majora!

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