Smoking Valium

Smoking Valium can cause low blood pressure, confusion and hallucinations. Explore how smoking Valium affects your body and just how safe smoking Valium really is here.

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ARTICLE SUMMARY: Smoking Valium isn’t really an effective way to take this medication. In fact, it’s difficult to get high while heating and inhaling Valium. Weigh the risks against the benefits by reading more here.



What does smoking Valium do to you?

Smoking Valium (diazepam) probably won’t get you high or make the medicine work better. While heating and inhaling the vapors from the drug might allow diazepam to quickly penetrate the nasal tissues, quickly entering the bloodsteam, its effects are not significant. But there’s more to a pill than its active ingredient; Valium contains a number of binders and fillers which won’t be absorbed into your body and can cause irritation of the eyes and respiratory tract. This irritation can even lead to an infection, or cause permanent lung damage over time.

So, before you try it, you should know what smoking Valium really does to the body – there are drawbacks and risks to taking any medication in a manner other than it would normally be prescribed.  In sum, it would be difficult to get high while smoking Valium. Even more, the non-active ingredients (binders and fillers) in the pills are incredibly bad for your throat and lungs.

Can you Get high Smoking Valium?

No, smoking Valium will probably not get you high.

Valium is an anti-anxiety medication which can cause pleasant feelings of relaxation, and sometimes even cause a “high” when taken in large doses. Valium is meant to be taken orally, but some people will try to get the drug into their system more quickly by crushing the pills and snorting, smoking, or injecting the powder.

Still, while snorting Valium to get high and smoking Valium may work on occasion, smoking Valium isn’t really an effective way to take this medication. As a potent tranquilizer, sedative, and central nervous system depressant, diazepam has been made to be consumed orally. In fact, it is rapidly absorbed when taken orally. Oral bioavailability of Valium is approximately 100%, and close to 99% is bound in plasma.

Still, you need to be safe with this medication. Call 911 if  you develop any of the following symptoms:

  • Extreme sleepines.
  • Lightheadedness.
  • Slowed or difficult breathing.
  • Unusual dizziness.
  • Unresponsiveness.

Be sure that your caregiver or family members know which symptoms may be serious so they can call the doctor or emergency medical care if you are unable to seek treatment on your own.

Smoking side effects

Valium effects on the body and brain include central nervous system depression.  Plus, diazepam can be habit-forming. Do not take a larger dose, take it more often, or for a longer time than your doctor tells you to. Tolerance may develop with long-term or excessive use, making the drug less effective.

Any type of  misuse increases the likelihood of overdose on Valium.  Smoking Valium can have other effects on your body, as well. Whenever Valium is abused, there’s the potential for adverse reactions to the medication. Some of the side effects to watch out for include:

  • Blurred vision.
  • Confusion.
  • Delusions and hallucinations.
  • Drowsiness and fatigue.
  • Low blood pressure.
  • Muscle weakness.

If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online or by phone at 1-800-332-1088. How can you take even more precautions for possible negative side effects?

MedlinePlus suggests that you do not take diazepam regularly, daily, or chronically for more than 4 months at a time. Further, you should not stop taking this medication without talking to your doctor. Stopping Valium suddenly in a cold turkey withdrawal  can worsen your condition and cause withdrawal symptoms (anxiousness, sleeplessness, and irritability). Instead, if you think you’ve become dependent on Valium, ask your doctor to supervise a taper and decrease your dose gradually.

Smoking on tin foil

By heating Valium on tin foil, the active ingredient is supposed to be vaporized, making it easy to inhale and quick to act. In reality, very little of the medication is probably being released. This is because when you try to smoke Valium on tin foil, high temperatures are usually damaging to most medicines. You’ll have to use much more Valium this way than you would if you were taking it using a different method. If you insist, this means more exposure to irritating fillers and more damage to your throat and lungs.

Smoking with weed

Valium shouldn’t be taken with weed. Why? Both these drugs act on the central nervous system and can heighten one another’s effects. Further, both Valium and marijuana cause drowsiness and loss of coordination, so you’re opening yourself up for possible falls or accidents.

It’s also easier to overdose on Valium when you mix it with other drugs. The CDC reports that about one-half of prescription painkiller deaths involve at least one other drug, including benzodiazepines. In fact, smoking weed and taking Valium simultaneously may increase the risk of serious or life-threatening problems including:

  • breathing problems
  • coma
  • sedation

Need some more reasons to avoid it?

Is Smoking Diazepam Bad for You?

Yes, smoking diazepam is bad for you. The fillers and binders in the tablets can cause mild irritation or serious physical damage, depending on your sensitivity and the amount you’re attempting to smoke. Taking Valium this way opens you up to a host of potential adverse effects and raises your risk of developing a Valium addiction.

Does Smoking this Benzo Work?

No. Smoking this particular type of benzodiazepine probably won’t get you high or make the medicine work better. Valium should only be taken as directed to avoid the risk of overdose or addiction. Smoking Valium has its own unique risks, which are probably not worth the effects you’ll get by taking the drug this way.

If you are looking for a new way of thinking…we can refer you to a life free of Valium. Learn what the recovery process looks like in our comprehensive guide on Sedative Addiction Treatment. You don’t need to keep getting high. Instead, learn to live life drug-free.

Now, We invite Your Questions

Still have questions about smoking Valium? Please leave your questions here. We do our best to respond to your questions with a personal and prompt reply ASAP.

Reference Sources: Washington State NHTSA: Valium and diazepam
DailyMed Valium tablet
NCBI: Misuse and abuse of diazepam: and increasingly common medical problem
NCBI: Addiction to diazepam (Valium) 
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. I’ve got some smokable diazepam and dihydrocodon with weed and tobacco, which we smoked with editors of one popular magazine in the Czech republic, when we celebrated one big succes. It was awesome and unique feeling. The diazepam and dihydrocodon were gifts from my friend, who is an experienced chemist who works in pharmacology, not something so foolish like crushed tablets. Never do stupidities, be clever, ask, study, have a friends who are highly educated in these areas and be awere of addiction. When you are using benzodiazepines, nicotine products, opiates, amfetamines, alcohol and such strongly addictive drugs and dangerous, you need also but not only strong will, long breaks and studying of your behavior, discuss with ur friends ask them if you behaviour with drugs is ok.
    I have the best experience with such intoxication when you can overlook and survey your behaviour, like psychedelics (including many marijuana strains) which are the largest help I ever experienced and saw as a treatment, prevention and help for addicts(our chief from another work was heavy drinker, cig.smoker and is still like really cured after few sessions with LSD, still legal Rivea corymbosa, then legal Salvia divinorum, and with both MDA and MDMA-pure chemicals, not these ,,ecstasy” called somethings you can make suicide with at rave parties, he is still sober and get back his wife and family) against addiction and many mental problems like depression, anxiety, psychic trauma and problems buried in the subconscious mind. Strongest weapon and prevention, maybe the only drugs which shall be allowed to use. But also these drugs/antidrugs need big big caution and awareness.
    Take a long time before you start with any drug and ,,just say no” does not work always, then stop as soon as it is possible. For me drugs (and other irresponsible and dangerous things works) , these things helped me a lot, but it can kill you and bring you as much suffering as you can’t imagine. I’m not normal, despite heavy use of drugs for years, my doctor (you shall talk with your doctor openly, but be sure, he alcohol user still smoking pipe or cigarette, despite his age is relativelly health, and the others are in someis not stupid uneducated idiot) is making medical checks each year and I’ve no problems. Maybe it is genetic, my grandpa has been using Hoffman’s drops, gave me it when I was eleven and is heavy cases worse. Your brain shall work verry diferently and drugs can give you really big harm.

    I’m sorry, I did a mistake because it’s hard to write on my new tablet longer texts:,,my doctor (you shall talk with your doctor openly, but be sure, he is not stupid uneducated idiot) is making medical checks each year and I’ve no problems. Maybe it is genetic, my grandpa is alcohol user, still smoking pipe or cigarette, despite his age is relativelly health, and the others are in some cases worse. My grandma! has been using homemade Hoffman’s drops, and 1st time he gave me it was when I was eleven. Your brain shall work verry diferently and drugs can give you really big harm……now it is right. Have a nice day and a lot of strenght and luck in your lives.
    By the way, benzodiazepines used in the ways, which are not described as a safe, is really dangerous. They are caustic to a mucosa, snorting is bad idea, smoking is bad idea, chewing is bad idea. Addictive potential is larger trought this way and I don’t count them as suitable for recreational use. When we tried them I was 21 and it was my last such experience with diazepam. I’m glad that for a treatment of anxienty are unadictive forms of benzo’s in a progress. I’m who I’m, don’t follow me. Despite I take psychedelic drugs like ,,a gift of God”, every coin has two sides, they can be dangerous more than many others and ,,street drugs” are always russian roulette, you can be next day dead. That which you can buy like street XY psychedelic can contain polutants, other drugs, or be itself designer drug, such things will cause you psychosis, the worst trips, internal organs failure, overheating or hypothermia. Only when you for 100% know what you are using and the use must be responsible, it is safer and safe only with selfeducation and such things called ,,set and setting” in psychedelics. If you are buying drugs trought net, you will never get pure pharmacy or right pharmacy. Adderall is not Adderall, Oxycodon is not Oxycodon and so on. If you can’t do anything else and you must use drugs despite I give you greatest warnings (even innocently looking herbal teas or pharmacies from your doctors can be dangerous without careful approach! Herbal teas like st.John Wort and many others are real psychoactive drugs, can make large contraindication and health problems, my friend had after three cups/day of herbal mixture tea painful colic, apathy, dizziness and severe skin problems including alergy, vomiting, iritations and photosensitivity and it all despite herbal products are the most safe, because our ancestors were using them and our biology reacts more naturally to them than these new to not only our bodies. Are the most easily tolerated, more than semisynthetic or synthetic drugs. Be awere, study, test small doses and so on, please. When I saw my close friend in large problems after that herbal tea imagine what can to you do something, which is not natural substance and trought the ways, which are not recommended. Please, reach as much safety as you can. Don’t afraid to ask pharmacists, pharmacologists, doctors of medicine, experts and anyone who knows about what is talking! This is not a game, you need maximal responsibility.

  2. Nice article, love your site. I take Valium for anxiety/panic disorder myself…Just wanted to add that smoking it can also cause pulmonary embolism/edema, VERY nasty! Stay safe everybody…Peace.

  3. Wow I have young kids and this is so scary I’m constantly reading up on new and old ways people r using prescription medication. I don’t remember things being as abused and I had my fair share of friends die over the years thank goodness I was able to get away from the toxicity before it consumed me!!!!!!!!!

  4. Hi ok. Liquid Diazepam is not intended for smoking. However, many try to vape it because it contains Propylene Glycol (as a solvent in the injectable form of the product). Vapor smoking it has many side effects, including sore throat, muscle pain, dry mouth and it can intensify the smell of the urine.

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