Black Tar vs. White Powder: The Final Showdown!

There is a very big misconception among heroin users that white powder heroin is purer that black tar heroin. This false information is so fervently believed that most people, especially on the east coast, take it for granted. But the truth is, the color of the heroin has absolutely nothing to with the quality. Many people say that black tar is dark because of the adulterants added when manufactured. Although the manufacturing process is responsible for the color, it has nothing to do with purity. Even if that was the case, it would make more sense logically that black tar would be more pure, because it’s almost identical to pure opium.

black_tar_heroin
Black Tar Heroin

The truth is, all heroin that is common in The States – white powder, black tar, brown powder, all of it – varies in purity and none is inherently more pure than the others. The color is dependent on the process used to manufacture the heroin. Most white powder comes from Turkey poppy fields and is often manufactured in France. Black Tar is typically from Mexico, although Columbia is quickly becoming a sizable producer. The Golden Triangle, which is an area of Indochina that overlaps three Southeast Asia countries, Myanmar, Laos and Thailand, and is known for its heavy heroin production, can produce white powder, black tar, brown powder and even red heroin.

Black tar is typically seen on the West Coast and is sold in balloons or in grams. White powder is predominantly on the east coast and often comes in stamp bags. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. Black tar is much more difficult to cut. However, due to the fact that it’s cooked with vinegar and other harsh ingredients, it’s much more damaging to your veins. However, it burns at a much lower temperature, making it easy to smoke. Smoking, when done efficiently, produces a similar rush as IV’ing, that can’t be experienced with any other RoA. White heroin is very inefficient to smoke do to its high burn temperature.

White Powder Heroin
White Powder Heroin

When a white powder user does not wish to IV, insufflation is usually the RoA of choice.  The black tar and white powder heroin available today, and all the variants in-between, are at an all-time high in terms of potency. I have a home testing kit and it’s rare that I buy anything that’s below 70%. Of course, that’s through a dealer and not on the streets. Heroin you buy on the streets is much more likely to be heavily cut. All that being said – black tar heroin is much more consistent in its quality. White powder is much more variable. On top of that, is it frequently cut with strychnine, which imitates the bitter taste of heroin. While black tar can be more damaging to your veins, at least it doesn’t pose the same life or death threat as heroin cut with strychnine

But let’s take a step back. An informed drug user is a safe drug user. What is the difference between white powder and black tar? One of the reasons that white powder is rumored to be more potent is because when it is first produced, it is very, very pure. But between Turkey, France, the UK, the US and then every wholesaler and independent dealer down the inventory gets cut every step of the way. As opposed to black tar, which only has to travel from Mexico or South America to California. It’s a much simpler process that help ensure it’s relatively untouched from manufacturer to consumer.

Strictly speaking, black tar is not entirely heroin. It’s a mixture of heroin, morphine, 6-MAM, and other lesser ingredients. The

White Powder in Stamp Bags
White Powder in Stamp Bags

proportion of these precursors in any given batch is variable. Thus, the potency and quality can fluctuate by batch. Because of the high Morphine levels in black tar heroin, IV users sometimes experiences a histamine reaction after an injection.

White powder on the other hand is typically manufactured as heroin that is about 90% pure. But it rarely makes it past the first level of distribution before it is drastically cut. As it continues to make its way to the streets, it’s cut at every level. In the 1970’s this was a big problem. In the heroin capital of the world, Harlem, New York, it was only at best 30% pure. In the suburbs, it was only 5-10% pure. Today, we are graced with the highest purity heroin that the United States has ever seen. 60-80% heroin is very common – no matter what the type.

Heroin in Balloons
Heroin in Balloons

I’ve lived on the east coast (born and raised a Jersey Girl) and I’ve spent a significant percentage of my adult life in California. I’ve had plenty of access to both white powder and black tar. Although I’ve had some stellar white powder, I can’t say that I would prefer it over black tar. Again, it’s much more variable in its purity. At least I know I’m getting a fairly steady product with my current black tar connections. As I mentioned, I do have a heroin purity test as well. Although I can typically tell from a single shot whether the heroin has been significantly cut, it’s always nice to test the results with a kit.

Bottom line, just because your heroin is white doesn’t mean it’s pure. I guess this naive thinking has something to do with notion that white equals pure. I’m not sure. But it’s simply not the case. If you want to find out for certain whether your heroin is pure or not, Amazon offers heroin purity kits, as do many other online retailers. Spend $20 and test for yourself. But please, don’t fall for these irrational, baseless wives tales about white heroin being “purer” that black tar. It’s just another junky myth.

 

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17 thoughts on “Black Tar vs. White Powder: The Final Showdown!

  1. Dealing with a daughter that can’t shake this shit I stumbled upon this site. Sad to see many of you hooked and to glorify this evil drug in such a way. I pray you all live to see sobriety someday. God bless!!

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  2. Y’all have to try the gray crunchy blow here in Baltimore but it is hard to find at times and a rat race whenever it appears

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  3. All I know it’s in Chicago, where the white powder is sold exclusively, I could spend $50 – $100 bucks a day, and be cool all day…. Maybe even have a couple 10 bags for my wake – up shot the next day…. But now I’ve relocated to the west coast in the ‘City of Angels’, and I find my self spending a minimum of $150 -$190 a day for the same results…… How weak is that? And while I’m already writing, I would have to say that the best I’ve had to date, had to be in Baghdad, Iraq……. Hands down…and all I had to do is give one of the teenage civilians $20 American dollars, and he came back quite expeditiously with a khaki colored golf ball…. I didn’t have a scale with me at the time, but I estimated it to be in the 5-6 gram range. I thought that 14 month stint over there was gonna suck, but once I made that discovery, I was very content doing any type of strenuous activity that was thrown my way…..
    👊🐷

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  4. Ummm yea, it doesn’t smell like vinegar ” because they add vinegar to it”. Acetic acid ” vinegar” is a by product of manufacturing opium Into heroin. Delete this page waaaay too much information. Know what your talking about before you make a website bout it!!

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  5. It’s the final countdown…!! here’s my two cents: black tar in seattle is kind of crappy..it’s possible to find “gun powder” though which is more tannish powdery dope and you can tell it’s much better than the reg seattle tar. better be though at 100/g or 2 x the price as tar. black tar picked up from fountain by market st in san fransisco…EH. pretty crappy.

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  6. So much misinformation in this article. Of course powder and tar can both vary in potency but the best tar can never be as pure as the best powder simply because of the way they are made.

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  7. I conceded that you are correct about white powder being able to be 100% pure. But that comment I made about black tar looking like opium was supposed to be in jest. I wasn’t serious about that. Thanks for your comment though!

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  8. This actually isn’t correct. While it is true what you said about purity there is most definitely a relationship between color and purity. You actually can’t have pure black tar, it’s technically impossible due to how it’s manufactured. Pure 100% heroin is white. You can’t tell from color it’s purity though. You might have a 70% tar and a 60% white powder but my point is the only heroin you can get to 100% is pure white. You can’t get tar to 100%. So there is definitely a relationship from color to purity in some sense. Also, you comment about tar being more pure because it looks like opium is ridiculous. Heroin is a manufactured drug. It takes many chemical reactions to convert it into gear from poppy latex so no I would not think that black tar would be more pure because it’s the same color of opium. The whole point of converting poppy latex into heroin is to ISOLATE certain molecules. Anyone who knows about how heroin is made and also anything about opium in general knows that opium is black because it in fact does contain a lot of impurities, also over 30 different alkaloids. So in the process of refining latex into heroin one would expect the color to get lighter as the impurities decrease.

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  11. I’m not sure how exactly it breaks the heroin and adulterants down. It doesn’t come with an explanation of how it works, unfortunately. I would like to know the details myself. You mix a little of the heroin with some unidentified chemicals and it gives you a purity rating in numeric value.

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  12. i am from Victoria, BC, Canada. We don’t get the best stuff here but there was/is (not sure anymore) this guy who would bring this very dark looking stuff back from South America and it was the best by far. So here we preferred anything dark. I guess that varies by region.

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