What are the Dangers and Effects of Snorting Klonopin?

Dangers and Effects of Snorting Klonopin

Klonopin (Clonazepam), known by street names such as K-Pin, K, Pin, and Super Valium, is a potent benzodiazepine used in medical and non-medical settings to induce sedation and tranquility. While Klonopin is typically taken orally, clonazepam snorting is on the rise as recreational users try to hasten the onset of effects. Snorting a Klonopin is typically accomplished by crushing the pill and insufflating the powder into the nostrils. What happens when you snort clonazepam? Several things happen including damage to the nasal cavities, lowered efficacy and increased dosage as the person seeks to increase the drug results. These outcomes are covered in detail here.

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What are the Ways to Take Clonazepam?

Swallowing Klonopin

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Medical administration of Klonopin always involves swallowing as a preferred means of administration. Because of its high solvency, ingestion via this route results in a relatively fast onset of Klonopin effects with peak plasma levels being achieved in an hour. Swallowing clonazepam is also the safest way to take it as it allows for slow release into the blood system.

Sublingual Disintegration

Sublingual disintegration refers to taking the drug by placing it under the tongue and allowing it to disintegrate/dissolve in saliva. By swallowing the dissolved pill, the payoff can be quickened, although marginally. Administration via sublingual disintegration can speed up the onset of results by about 15 minutes.

Snorting Klonopin

Here an individual will crush pills meant for oral ingestion into a fine powder and then snort the contents via the nostrils. The method provides an ineffective means of intake as the drug has poor absorption rates via the nasal mucosa. For Klonopin symptoms to kick in, the pill powder must first dissolve in mucus then trickle down the throat to the stomach, where it is absorbed. The added step increases the amount of time it takes for results to kick in. Snorting the medication also comes with additional dangers and Klonopin side effects.

Intravenous Injection

While rare, there are some instances where individuals crush the pills, dissolve the powder in some liquid and then inject them directly into a vein. IV administration, while slightly shortening the time it takes for clonazepam to take effect, does not do so significantly, thus providing poor incentive when compared to the risks involved with IV administration.

Why Do People Snort Klonopin?

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While not yet a mainstream phenomenon, snorting clonazepam is a trend that is gaining momentum especially in young recreational users. A blend of risk-taking tendencies and cultural motifs are influencing this trend despite the known ineffectiveness of the method of administration. One possible driving factor behind snorting Klonopin is the “coolness” associated with snorting drugs, popularized by Hollywood and other pop culture.

Demographics involved in snorting clonazepam tends to be between 18 and 30 years of age and in most cases involves persons new to taking drugs recreationally. The psychological “kick” of snorting drugs is a key driving factor behind the continued adoption of the trend by recreational users.

Why Do People Take Klonopin?

People take Klonopin for a variety of reasons. On a medical front, the drug is used to treat serious conditions such as management of seizures, anxiety disorders, muscle disorders, among others. Administered under close medical supervision, the dosage is titrated to the correct amount and then tapered off once tolerance begins and the dose loses its effectiveness. In recreational settings, clonazepam is preferred due to its potency as a tranquilizer. About 20 times stronger than other benzos like diazepam, it is favored for its slow release and extended results. As tolerance builds and dependence forms, individuals on the drug will try and recreate the initial high they felt when they started taking it. The clonazepam snort phenomenon is a misguided attempt to speed up the results and reintroduce a vanishing high.

Physical Feelings After Clonazepam Snorting

How Does Klonopin Make You Feel?

A Klonopin high is characteristic of other drugs belonging to the benzodiazepine family. After taking a pill, the individual will begin experiencing effects after about an hour. These feelings include mild sedation, drowsiness, calmness, and tranquility, slowed breathing, relaxed muscles and a general sense of what can be described as bliss. While the paradoxical effect of Klonopin euphoria has been reported, instances are extremely rare. The depressing nature of clonazepam means specific brain synapses sensitive to the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) are hindered from firing rapidly, resulting in an overall slowdown of Central Nervous System limbic and cortical centers. As a result, persons snorting Klonopin will rarely exhibit excitement-related symptoms of any kind.

How Long Do the Effects of Klonopin Last?

After snorting Klonopin, it takes between 1 to 2 hours to reach peak plasma levels. It has a relatively long elimination half-life of about 19 to 60 hours, meaning its plasma bioavailability is also extended. On reaching peak plasma levels, drug concentrations in the brain and wider body remain at a constant level for about 6-12 hours, which is how long the effects of the drug last. These extended results make clonazepam useful when treating conditions that require low but persistent dosages such as anxiety with or without agoraphobia. Recreational users including clonazepam high snort-users also favor it because of its persistent high.

The Risks of Snorting Clonazepam

Snorting clonazepam injures the nasal mucous membranes and can lead to sinusitis and other serious problems like chronic nosebleeds, blocked nostrils, and nasal cancer. Snorting Klonopin can also lead to increased tolerance and dependence, leading to substance abuse syndrome, the bedrock of addiction. Persons who take the drug by snorting are also predisposed to Klonopin overdoses and attendant risks such as coma and death due to the ineffective delivery of the drug with this mode of administration (MOA). Caution must be exercised before considering taking it in this manner as the mode of administration provides for poor drug bioavailability via nasal membranes while introducing the dangers mentioned above.

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  • I used to snort my Klonopin and felt no difference between
    snorting them or taking them oral

  • Taking klonopin any way does not get you high. It does not induce euphoria. It just calms you down. Anxious people mistake the calm as euphoria. Wanna get euphoria? Smoke opium (not recommended)

    • This the biggest L ever. If you have severe anxiety xanax and clonazepam give insane highs. Sometimes you even get waves of euphoria in your spine. Kind of like chills

    • Im on 10mg clonazepam and 2 mg xanax and 20mg of diazepam. I can officially say your comment has no place within this thread.

      • How did you get this much? I tried this!

      • Are you prescribed this or is this just what you’re on now? I’m prescribed 2 milligrams of Xanax. But right now I’m on 4 mg Xanax and 5 mg Klonopin, 1 mg snorted. It seems like I feel the 1 mg snorted more than any of the rest, but maybe it’s just the instant cool feeling in my nose

    • You must not suffer from an anxiety or depression disorder. The constant struggle of battling between the two makes my mind like l a war zone with nonstop bombings in head. Taking klonopin and getting relief and silence in my brain literally does give me euphoria. I’ve felt like I was about to climax from the blissful tranquility of peace in my mind. It absolutely does.

  • I know this is off the subject, but does anyone know when, where marijuana will be allowed in Shreveport, la. Or where I can get Some legally. My father is a Purple Heart veteran & is in severe pain.
    Thank you, janet

  • xanax is probably the only one that kicks in SUPER fast when snorted

  • I take Clonazepam every day and have for years. If you have severe anxiety or panic attacks, the only rush you will feel is rhe calming feeling of being normal!! otherwise its just a tranquilizer for anyone else!!!! For those of us with anxiety, its a lifesaver, but i see no recreational use for it!!!

  • I feel when snorting them it takes like 2 or 3 hours orally 30 mins to an hour

  • If I am having a severe panic attack to the point were my aniexty actually is painful. I will crush 2 of my .5 Clonazepams
    And chop it up real fine. The I use a straw or empty or empty pen (NOT TO SNORT) I will then lift my tongue up and literally sip (like a drink) up the powder so it is now under my completely under my tongue. It will all dissolve quicker.
    I don’t have the time of letting a whole pill dissolve. To all my brother & sisters out suffering from panic attack and anxiety this will definitely help your Kolonopin/Clonazepam kick in a lot faster. You cud also do that one and pop the normally.

  • There are some inaccuracies in this article, the LD50 which stands for the Lethal Dose which kills 50 percent of subjects involved the lethal dosage 50 or LD50 in humans for Klonopin is a few hundred thousand milligrams if just Klonopin is taken. So basically you would have to take a few lbs. Of this drug to die. Also there is an antidote called romazicon which will reverse the effects of a severe overdose. Death is extremely improbable not to mention extremely rare so overdose and ultimately death is an extremely rare occurrence. Refer to the National Vital Statistics Vol. 67 No. 9 December 12, 2018. If you read the footnotes for overdose it clearly illustrates that death results in multiple drug use and no precise correlation and opioids were involved in benzo overdoses, which is true and we have had the data on that for several years.

    • Why does it take so many mgs. Of clonazepam to put you to sleep for good? Which benzo is the most toxic, but how many clonazepam would you need with 450 mgs. Of methadone to go to sleep for good?

  • I keep seeing people say its a total waste of time to snort pins. Wrong as a matter of fact I do it and and I get the same feelings as if it was oral plus last longer. Everyone is different

  • If you are on that much methadone. Oh god. I doubt you will feel any amount of any drug. Don’t try. Please please slowly, No more than 33% decrease per month, get off the methadone. Please.

  • You guys are really milking this thing. Is this for attention? Because I have been taking Klonopin for 5 years and never once got high off of it. And the one asking for help to kill yourself to go to sleep for good. You are GONNA NEED a different way. And not 1 person has asked a serious question, this is why you can’t get help in chat rooms like these, because you are too afraid of looking cool.

  • Hey man.. are you okay? Do you want to talk? I can relate with your message

  • Hi i been on and off clonazepam for multiple different anxieties all of which are awful for the last 10 years (any anxiety is truly horrible) anyways i tried snorting kolopin when i was young and dumb and full of anxieties and honestly never gotten high maybe calm because of my problems but never wrecked unless i irresponsibly tooken painkillers with it btw dont try this many ppl have died. The point of this is that bioavailability is already 90 percent when orally taken and i believe the only reason anyone feels calm or “high” is because of it reaching the stomach. Now this isnt a question just a statement to anyone looking to abuse this drug by snorting or taken recreationally please dont, its fucking it up for people like us that have crippling anxieties for years when nothing else has work and makes it harder to get on like pulling your own teeth or multiple suicide attempts, Also its completely dangerous fucking with clonazepam without a legit prescriptions due to how the withdrawals could be from seizures,hallciunations,pain insomnia and sometimes death.i knew a guy whose dad died from withdrawals. So please dont abuse it use with love and care. One love.- Jordan c

  • There is no way that you are on that much meds so get real.

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