--I am very sorry if this is in the wrong forum, I am still very new to posting here --
so I after coming across this site a year ago in my quest for pain relief I started growing.
it was a small experimental patch with a few varieties of poppies, mostly as a proof of concept before I dedicate my entire garden space to it.
I got pretty good results after playing around with soil and seeds, a good mix of a few different types of opium poppy to see what worked best in my climate and soil. some nice big heads and enough usable material for my next experiments into processing.
I'm starting basic and followed the instructions from sheepherder, Mr. Clean, samuraigecko, I was able to extract a nice big black ball of tar.
I had a bit of a unexpected result in that the purely water extraction came out as a rock hard lump while the 50/50 with alcohol came out as a gooey putty that refused to harden no matter how long I left it to dry, no Idea what caused that.
now heres the important bit. the endgame of this entire project was to make a 'smokeable opium'. long story short I cant take codeine orally as it causes me extreme stomach cramping and more pain than it gets rid of (see sphincter of oddi dysfunction for more info). unfortunately I dont seem to have succeeded leading to me making this thread.
while I did confirm that the product I came out with does indeed contain codeine and other opiates (and it was painful to make sure) I cant for the life of me get it to smoke correctly.
I am using a pretty nifty glass pipe I fashioned from a dab tube and a round bottom flask with a hole drilled into it. but the opium just seems to charcoal and while it does smoke I feel nothing from it. my main two theories is that Ive either cocked up the refinement process by missing a step or doing something wrong, or that im using too much heat (but its the only way I can get it to smoke at all)
some of what ive read their should be very little residue, but as ive said im getting charcoal (tried powdering the opium and having it in small balls), im I right in thinking this is bad?
as for the heating part of the process I am very confused, if heat destroys opiates then how can I smoke this?
I was hoping someone with experience in making smokeable opium could help me out.
a further question mostly just to satisfy my curiosity, is there anyway to extract the opiates into vape liquid?? (propylene glycol) I am no chemist so no idea if its impossible but I cant find any reference to this even being attempted. what I did smoke didnt taste great (a bit nutty and harsh) and I really think it could improve the smoking experience.
really any help would be greatly appreciated