Rohypnol High: How Long Does It Take For Roofies To Kick In?

Last Updated: June 16, 2020

Authored by Roger Weiss, MD

Rohypnol is a benzodiazepine, and like nearly all drugs in its class, it has the potential to be abused for the euphoric effects it creates. The Rohypnol high is a powerful one, and that leads many people to chase it. Here is what users need to understand about getting high on roofies.

Rohypnol High: Is It Possible?

Rohypnol is best known as a date-rape drug, used to incapacitate people so they can be assaulted or robbed. As such, it comes as a surprise to some that Rohypnol high is possible. While not as well known, abusing the medication to get high certainly does occur.
Why the drug produces a high comes down to what Rohypnol is. The drug belongs to the benzodiazepine class, which also includes medications such as Valium and Xanax. Like other medications in this class, Rohypnol side effects include extreme relaxation, a loss of negative feelings, and a sense of euphoria. All of these come together to give users a sense of being high, depending on the amount of the drug taken.

Rohypnol Recreational Use

People choose to use the drug recreationally because they want to experience Rohypnol high or they want to use it to manage the effects of other substances they are abusing, usually stimulants, as roofies are depressants.

When engaging in Rohypnol recreational use, users can ingest the medication in a variety of ways. The most basic is to simply swallow it in pill form. However, crushing the pills into a powder form allows users to mix it with other substances and also feel the effects faster. Powdered Rohypnol can be smoked or dissolved in saline solution and injected. Drugs it is mixed with include marijuana, ecstasy, LSD, and alcohol.

Ultimately, there is no safe way to use roofies to get high. Anyone who is engaging in recreational use of the drug or is contemplating it should seek help from a drug rehabilitation center.

How Long Do Roofies Take To Work?

For those seeking to abuse the drug, a critical point of use is how long roofies take to kick in. This depends on the method of ingestion. When taken in pill form, it should be about 30 minutes before any symptoms of use begin to emerge. For those wanting to get high on roofies, this tends to be too long.

Crushing the pills into a powder and then swallowing the powder with a drink allows the medication to start acting faster as the stomach does not need to digest and break down the pill. Through this method, the initial effect of a Rohypnol high can be felt in about 15 minutes.

For users trying to get the quickest result out of their Rohypnol recreational use, smoking and injecting it work fastest. With these methods, significant effects of Rohypnol high can be felt within 15 minutes. It should be noted that no matter what method of ingestion is used, a roofies test will pick up the presence of the drug for equally as long, so if testing is a concern, no method is better than any other.

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The Euphoric Effects Of Roofies

For those curious about chasing a Rohypnol high, there is a question of just what the euphoric effects of the drug are. The exact results of Rohypnol recreational use will vary depending on how much is taken, who manufactured it, and what it is taken with. However, there are certain symptoms that users can expect to encounter when getting high on roofies. These include:

  • a general sense of wellbeing
  • feeling warm and comfortable
  • intense relaxation, both physically and mentally
  • a sensation of being slightly or very drunk
  • a lack of anxiety
  • reduced inhibitions
  • sleepiness, often causing the user to fall asleep within a few hours of use

These effects can be made stronger or weaker depending on what substances a user consumes alongside Rohypnol.

Seeking Help With Rohypnol Addiction

Rohypnol is a powerful and dangerous drug that can produce euphoric effects, but also comes with significant risks. Whether someone is actively abusing the drug or just considering it, they should seek help with their drug-seeking behaviors and desires. Drug facilities with proper treatment know how to handle addiction to benzodiazepines such as Rohypnol, and they can guide users through the process from withdrawal to staying clean permanently.

Page Sources

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  2. City of Plano Police Department. Rohypnol and GHB: Just the Facts.

Published on: July 4th, 2019

Updated on: June 16th, 2020

About Author

Roger Weiss, MD

Dr. Roger Weiss is a practicing mental health specialist at the hospital. Dr. Weiss combines his clinical practice and medical writing career since 2009. Apart from these activities, Dr. Weiss also delivers lectures for youth, former addicts, and everyone interested in topics such as substance abuse and treatment.


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