Carfentanil is a structurally pure derivative of the synthetic morphine drug, Fentanyl. Carfentanil is manufactured commercially as a powder under precise temperatures and conditions. Carfentanil is now available in orally taken and sublingual spray forms. Carfentanil itself has a base chemical structure which includes N-methyl-naphelinyl group (C 6 H 5). Carfentanil can also include a sulfur chain with a nitrogen base like propylcyanidinium chloride (PCPD), which also produces similar results.
Carfentanil is marketed as “sole” or “complete” opiate agonist, which means it can produce a “high,” but is non-opiate in nature. Carfentanil can produce a highly intense, lengthy, powerful effect, however it is slow acting and predictable. Carfentanil is metabolized by the liver, and therefore, it causes long term side effects like dehydration, muscle ache, insomnia, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and even death from its addiction nature. Carfentanil is very similar to morphine in the way it works, and in which it affects the body. Carfentanil is currently scheduled as a Schedule II narcotic.
Carfentanil is produced from the chemical code for the artificial opioid, Fentanyl. Carfentanil is considered more highly addictive than morphine, however it is not as highly toxic as heroin. It is a white powdery substance, much like powdered cocaine, that produces a powerful and highly painful “kick.” Carfentanil is not made from the poppy flower, because the poppy flower has too many alkaloids for the carfentanil to take advantage of, thus making it far less addictive than other opioids.
Like all other synthetic opioids, carfentanil is extremely addictive, and people addicted to it develop physical and psychological symptoms that are similar to those caused by heroin and morphine addiction. It can cause muscles to become sore, chapped, or swollen, increased heart rate and blood pressure, sweating, insomnia, and depression. In addition, chronic use of carfentanil can result in fatal levels of calcium in the brain, and slow breathing and shallow breathing. In the worst cases, withdrawal symptoms cause people to lose their ability to hold themselves upright, and some have died after attempting to walk away from their drug addiction.
Carfentanil is different from other synthetic opioids in that it is not readily accessible on the street, and dealers don’t advertise it. Instead, dealers go through a process in which they test each and every bag of powdered substance to determine if it actually contains the illicit drug, and only sell the ones that do. They also often cut a small amount of the drug with water in order to make it easier to ingest and make it appear more like a vegetable than a drug. If they don’t get any buyer reaction to the product, they simply keep selling the product under different brand names. This makes carfentanil a particularly dangerous drug, because users are unaware of the risks and complications that come with prolonged abuse.
Carfentanil is so highly addictive that it can take just one day for an addict to start wanting to take carfentanil again, once they’ve been “hooked.” This explains why dealers keep selling it under various brand names, and why users keep buying it, even when they know it’s dangerous. Carfentanil is also highly resistant to being broken down by the body’s natural detoxification system, so users can go months or even years between doses without getting addicted to it. Carfentanil is sometimes used as a way to relieve the pain of an overdose or to help individuals cope with the side-effects (such as hallucinations) associated with certain narcotics, such as cocaine. The reason it’s so addictive and resistant to detoxification is partly because it can mimic the effects of morphine, which is itself a very powerful synthetic opioid.
It’s not just in heavy use that carfentanil causes problems. People who become addicted to it can’t stop using on their own, and often find it difficult to give up entirely. This often leads people who use it to misuse other substances, such as opioids, in order to meet their demands for the drug.
While the medical community has yet to identify any physical health problems stemming from long-term abuse of carfentanil, , many users of the substance to experience psychological problems including anxiety and depression. Some researchers believe that taking carfentanil increases the risk of developing psychosis, or a psychological imbalance, because it alters brain chemistry in ways that are similar to the development of schizophrenia. Other mental health problems have been linked to heroin and morphine use, but it’s unclear whether the same neurochemistry causes both heroin and morphine addiction.