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Old 28-04-2012, 21:05
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Why do you crave sugar and any sweet shit when your on heroin?

I seem to live on pure carbohydrate,sugar,sugar and more sugar when Im using.
Anytime Ive managed to do a detox,completed it and got an apetite,I found myself subconsiousciously walking to the dairy isles in supermarkets,and craving savoury instead of sweet stuff..
Why oh why is that?

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Great question- I think many have wondered the same thing.
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Old 28-04-2012, 22:04
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Re: Why do you crave sugar and any sweet shit when your on heroin?

i think it might be because heroin (and other opiates) lower blood sugar.

my rat is diabetic and has to be very careful when on heroin or any other opiate because it slows stomach action and even though you may eat it may not have an effect on your blood sugar til much later.

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Old 28-04-2012, 22:08
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Re: Why do you crave sugar and any sweet shit when your on heroin?

Yeah I remember those sugar cravings, and after I had to change my diet for diabetes, the withdrawals from sugar was far more intense sometimes than the expected withdrawals of an opiate. I also fell off the wagon this week, ate 10 snickers bars, 4 cadburys cream eggs, 4 aeros, 2 crunchies, and I think half a reduced sale selection box, in under 3 days. I know :S thats bad.
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Old 29-04-2012, 02:47
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Re: Why do you crave sugar and any sweet shit when your on heroin?

I totally agree with all of the above coments !

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Please elaborate as to why you agree with "the above Comments"

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Old 29-04-2012, 09:27
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Re: Why do you crave sugar and any sweet shit when your on heroin?

Yeh I would agree with blood sugar theory which by extension probably means that opiates are not very good for your pancreas.
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Old 01-05-2012, 17:43
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Re: Why do you crave sugar and any sweet shit when your on heroin?

I'm going to go with "dope reduces your appetite by effectively numbing your stomach, but even when you're not especially hungry, your body still knows it needs food, and probably urgently ... carbos by definition provide quick energy to the body + sweets almost always 'sounds good' to eat. Plus carbs tend to be cheap, easy to acquire in a ready-to-eat format, etc. As junkies, we're poor, we're lazy, we want easy, quick solutions that tend to our immediate needs"

When I was strung out I mostly lived on Peanut Butter Crackers, Vanilla Ice Cream, Honey Roasted Peanuts, Sour Skittles, and lots of Coca Cola.

The folly of this become very apparent when I got clean and had like 15 cavities, some of them so bad that I had to get 4 root canals, and 8 new crowns. After like 25 trips to the dentist and endodontist over the course of almost 3 years, my teeth are almost all fixed ... one last tooth needs a crown (it's already been rooted out), then I'm done. Thankfully I inherited 20K from my grandma when she passed 4 years ago, which my mom held for me and paid my dentist bills with ... and EVERY PENNY of that inheritance went into fixing my teeth

So lemme tell ya, there's a bunch of hidden costs to the whole 'addiction' routine ... above and beyond the drugs, that's for sure.
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Old 04-05-2012, 14:53
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Re: Why do you crave sugar and any sweet shit when your on heroin?

The only thing is Brettjv once I had a reasonable tolerance going and nausea was no longer an issue dope didn't reduce my appetite, on the contrary it made me really hungry, so I am sticking with the blood sugar theory.

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Much like the way you crave carbs when you are really drunk.

Last edited by Black Transit Blues; 04-05-2012 at 14:53. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
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Old 04-05-2012, 19:46
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Re: Why do you crave sugar and any sweet shit when your on heroin?

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The only thing is Brettjv once I had a reasonable tolerance going and nausea was no longer an issue dope didn't reduce my appetite, on the contrary it made me really hungry, so I am sticking with the blood sugar theory.

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Much like the way you crave carbs when you are really drunk.
Yeah i eat loads on opiates.

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Old 23-05-2014, 23:18
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Re: Why do you crave sugar and any sweet shit when your on heroin?

food just doesn't taste right when i don't have a few bags in me. its like magic, immediately after injection Im ready to EAT im particularly into the salty/sweet combo like Wendy fries dipped in frosty...mmm . but like right now Im 16 hours sober and can't even gag some french fries Down. i could go for some peanutbutter brownies though.

does anyone know how long you have to be clean from dope for until food tastes good again?
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Old 25-05-2014, 02:15
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Re: Why do you crave sugar and any sweet shit when your on heroin?

Hahahha I thought this was me only... only on dope would I drink soda, candies, any hostess snacks and most importantly ice cream. I ate a pint of ice cream for 2 weeks and never gained any weight.

I remember one time I was eating chocolate and i knodded out and woke up to find chocolate ALL OVER MY BED.... FUCK!

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I always thought it was just at total lose of impulse control like hell im doing heroin might as well mix the most sugary shit you can find in there.

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Old 25-05-2014, 04:42
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Re: Why do you crave sugar and any sweet shit when your on heroin?

In the 1950s, the standard image of an American junkie (in films, books, and the visual arts) almost always included a Hershey Bar (a sickeningly sweet milk chocolate bar)-- and most of the junkies from that era that I have known were seemingly as addicted to Hershey Bars as they were to smack. I grew up in Manhattan, and as a kid, I remember being able to to positively identify a junkie if he/she was eating a Hershey Bar. Obviously, all sorts of people throughout America who are not junkies enjoy Hershey Bars. But where I grew up nobody except junkies would eat them, for fear of being pegged as an addict. Respectable people never ate Hershey Bars because they were so closely associated with heroin in the NYC of my childhood. I have never had much of a sweet tooth, and if I were going to spend money on candy, I would choose something much less sweet. So, even as a kid, I was never tempted by Hershey Bars. However, I retain a deep primal feeling that Hershey Bars are somehow synonymous with heroin addiction. Or something like this. I don't believe this perception of Hershey Bars as being part and parcel of the culture of heroin addiction ever extended much beyond a few big cities like NYC and LA... But, most of the junkies that I have known do, in fact, have an amazing fixation on this particular confection.
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Old 27-05-2014, 01:58
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Re: Why do you crave sugar and any sweet shit when your on heroin?

When I used to take Xanax, I craved sugar. It tasted SO MUCH BETTER. I always wondered about that, too.
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Old 27-05-2014, 06:12
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Re: Why do you crave sugar and any sweet shit when your on heroin?

Funny to think about this as I never really put 2 and 2 together. When I was abusing opiates I convinced myself eating took away from my high, so I would mostly eat chocolate ice cream with fudge and brownie bits before completely nodding myself to sleep. Once I started suboxone I definitely didn't eat as much sugar...still more than average for sure. Now that I'm tapering off suboxone I can't stand sugar at all.
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Old 27-05-2014, 10:55
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Re: Why do you crave sugar and any sweet shit when your on heroin?

Fluctuating dopamine level perhaps? Apparently, craving carbs & sweet stuff is indicative of low dopamine level. People who typically experience low dopamine levels are, drug users, stress heads, (who are probably also drug users) lack of sleep, poor nutrition.

This reportedly causes low dopamine levels which causes us to want carbs, saturated fats & sugar, and guess what else....eating all that stuff...depletes dopamine , according to the LIVESTRONG website.
Have a read about the 22 essential & non-essential amino acids, try searching Dr David Gersten - Amino Acids Tour... its not only fascinating, but helpful info....though observe the warnings

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