Cocaine is a powerfully addictive drug of abuse. Once having tried Cocaine, users cannot predict or control the extent to which they will continue to use the drug.

What Is Cocaine?

Cocaine is a drug (paste) extracted from the leaves of the South American coca plant. It is a strong stimulant that affects the body’s central nervous system. Cocaine is a white crystalline powder. It is often mixed with sugar, cornstarch, vitamins and flour.

What is Crack Cocaine?

Crack Cocaine looks like a small rock, chunk or chip and it is sometimes off-white or pink in color. It is the freebase form of Cocaine, and is the most addictive form of Cocaine. It is usually smoked. The name “crack” refers to the sound generated during its manufacture and when smoked. Its effects are more rapidly felt and more intense than those experienced from ordinary Cocaine.

How Is Cocaine Taken?

Cocaine can be injected, smoked, sniffed, or snorted.

What Are the Effects of Cocaine?

The drug creates a strong sense of exhilaration. Users generally feel invincible, carefree, alert, euphoric and have a lot of energy. This is usually followed by agitation, depression, anxiety, paranoia and decreased appetite.

What Are the Hazards of Cocaine?

Cocaine is potent and dangerous. The short-term and long-term effects of Cocaine are equally dangerous.

Possible Short Term Effects

  • Risk of experiencing cardiac arrest or seizures followed by respiratory failure
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Blurred vision
  • Vomiting
  • High anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Dilated pupils
  • Nasal infections
  • Nose bleeds
  • Rapid breathing
  • Sweating
  • Violent behavior
  • Twitching and hallucinations.

Possible Long Term Effects

The long-term effects of using Cocaine can include:

  • Risk of experiencing cardiac arrest or seizures followed by respiratory failure
  • Extreme agitation
  • Violent mood swings and depression
  • Snorting Cocaine can cause ulcerations in the mucous membrane of the nose and holes and in the barrier separating the nostrils.

Cocaine and Alcohol

Using Cocaine and Alcohol together is quite common, however this can be a dangerous combination, since using the two substances together tends to compound the effects of each one.

Research into the issue of using Cocaine and Alcohol together has found that the human liver produces a substance called cocaethylene when a person uses both substances at the same time. The cocaethylene intensifies the euphoric effect produced by ingesting the Cocaine, resulting in a more intense “high” for the user.

This combination can also be attractive to Cocaine users because it helps to prolong the good feelings they experience. Consuming Alcohol is part of their social activity, and they may not think about the fact that they are ingesting two potentially dangerous substances at the same time.

When to Seek Help

When Cocaine becomes central to your thoughts and emotions, or when you start planning your evenings around the drug, then you’re entering the danger zone of addiction. A person who feels like they need to use Cocaine to function or who just wants to be able to feel good has probably crossed the line into Cocaine Addiction.

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