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Updated on November 27, 2022
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The Dangers of Boofing Drugs

What Does “Boofing” Drugs Mean?

Boofing is a slang term used to describe ingesting a drug through the anus. It’s also called booty bumping, hooping, plugging, butt chugging, or UYB (up your bum). 

The substances that people commonly use to boof include:

  • Heroin
  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine

But most drugs, including alcohol, can be used in this manner. Some people associate the practice with anal sex, but this is a misconception.

Why Do People Boof Drugs?

People take drugs this way because it results in a faster high. The thin surface and the large number of blood vessels in the rectum mean substances reach the bloodstream quickly. It’s why suppositories are an effective medical treatment. 

Boofing allows drugs and alcohol to absorb quickly without needing to inject it. Unlike taking drugs orally, which must go through your digestive system before getting absorbed into the bloodstream.


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What are the Side Effects & Risks of Boofing? 

Boofing poses many risks, and there are side effects. For example:

Damage to Anus

Boofing drugs can increase the risk of damaging the anus. You can accidentally tear the internal tissue of your anus, which can cause pain and bleeding.

The effects of damaging your rectum from boofing include:

  • Bloody stool
  • A constant feeling of needing to use the bathroom
  • Inability to control bowel movement
  • Blocked blood flow to parts of the intestine
  • Cell death

The most severe cases will need a colostomy to fix. This type of surgery diverts part of the colon away from a damaged portion, directing it to an artificial opening in the abdominal wall.

You should also avoid boofing if you have a pre-existing condition in the rectal area. Your conditions is likely to get worse because of boofing.


As the mucous membrane of the anus becomes damaged, it may increase the chances of contracting a sexually transmitted infection (STI). The risk gets higher after boofing repeatedly, this is especially dangerous of people engaging in anal sex.

Boofing also increase the risk of contracting infections like:

  • Hepatitis C
  • Chlamydia-related lymphogranuloma venereum
  • Bacterial or fungal infections

Overdose, Over-amping, or Alcohol Poisoning

Because boofing is relatively new, there is no well-defined dosage to avoid a drug overdose. Although you might take the normal amount orally, you can accidentally take too much without realizing it.

You can also end up over-amping on the drug because the effects hit much faster than normal. Over-amping occurs when you experience a non-fatal overdose of amphetamines

If you're boofing alcohol, you can increase the risk of alcohol poisoning. By consuming alcohol through the rectum, you decrease your body's ability to fight alcohol poisoning. This is because the anus doesn't have the enzymes to break down alcohol.

Symptoms of Overdose From Boofing

Symptoms of a boofing overdose include:

  • Slowed or halted breathing
  • Limp body
  • Blue-tinged fingernails or lips
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Dilated pupils
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Chest pain
  • Increased heart rate
  • Confusion or irritability
  • Seizures and shaking

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Is Boofing Safer Than Injecting, Sniffing, or Smoking Drugs?

Any method you use for ingesting an illicit drug or misusing any drug is dangerous. There are different risks associated with varying methods of ingestion. Some of these are more dangerous than others.

Boofing can be a safer alternative to injecting or snorting drugs. It can help you avoid the risks associated with those methods such as:

  • Collapsed veins
  • Abscesses
  • Endocarditis
  • Bloodstream infection
  • Bloody noses
  • Nasal tissue damage
  • Respiratory damage

In some cases, boofing might be safer because it makes it easier for some to moderate their use of a drug. However, boofing comes with its own risks, as mentioned above. Most people consider sniffing or smoking drugs safer than boofing when you take the appropriate safety measures.

What Do You Need to Boof?

Boofing might seem intimidating or unappealing to a lot of people. However, someone addicted to a drug might want to hide some of the side effects of other drug use methods. This prompts them to try boofing.

To boof, you need:

  • A syringe
  • A clean shot glass or small cup for mixing
  • Sterile water
  • Something to stir with
  • Petroleum jelly or another type of lubricant
  • Vitamin E capsules
  • A scale for measuring drug dosage
  • Some people keep a second drug on hand to reverse a possible overdose

How Does Boofing Work?

The process of boofing includes the following steps:

  1. Start with a bowel movement to avoid messy complications
  2. Plan your dosage – most people start small, even if they’re experienced drug users – and the amount of water you’ll dilute the drug with
  3. Pour the water into the mixing cup
  4. Add and dissolve the drug in the water
  5. Fill and prepare the syringe
  6. Lay on your back, side, or stomach, or stand with one leg raised
  7. Insert the syringe in your anus about a centimeter deep and release the plunger of the syringe
  8. Once empty, remove the syringe and dispose of it

Some people insert the vitamin E tablet following the removal of the syringe. They believe it helps repair the tiny tears caused by the process. 

What Does Boofing Feel Like? 

Boofing results in a faster high. Some people who have used this method say they feel the sensations in their limbs and torso more than when they ingest a drug orally or smoke it. Some people also say they feel sexually aroused when boofing.

Not all of the sensations from boofing are pleasant. Some drug users describe this method as uncomfortable, irritating, or painful

How Long Does Boofing Take to Work?

Most people experience the effects of boofing within minutes. It can last several hours, depending on the substance and the dosage size. 

Methamphetamine typically takes about 3 to 5 minutes to take effect. Heroin tends to be faster. In some cases, as quickly as intravenous drug use.

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Do You Have a Substance Use Problem?

Recognizing that you’ve developed a substance use problem is an important step in recovering from the disorder. 

Symptoms of addiction include:

  • Being unable to eliminate the use of or cut back on a substance even when you want to
  • Obsessing over your ability to use the substance again or taking action to create an ongoing supply of the substance
  • Experiencing intense cravings
  • Focusing a lot of time on getting, using, and recovering from the substance 
  • Neglecting responsibilities at work and school 
  • Experiencing personal problems
  • Withdrawing from friends and family
  • Engaging in risky behavior 
  • Continuing use despite recognizing the harm it’s causing
  • Experiencing symptoms associated with withdrawal 
  • Developing tolerance and needing larger or more frequent doses to achieve the same effect
  • Lack of motivation or energy that isn’t focused on the use of the substance
  • Neglecting hygiene and appearance
  • Committing criminal acts to gain access to the substance

Treatment Options for Substance Use Disorder (SUD)

Many treatment options are available for people who have developed a substance use disorder. 

Treatment for drug use and addiction varies from person to person and is most effective when methods are used in combination with one another. 

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Boofing refers to a method of ingesting drugs through the anus. Because of the thin membranes of the rectum drugs are absorbed much faster into the bloodstream.

Although some consider it a safer alternative to injecting, snorting, or smoking drugs, it comes with its own risks. Boofing increases risks such as infection, overdose, and rectal damage.

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Updated on November 27, 2022

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