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Cocaine is a drug that comes in a white powder that has been processed from the leaves of the coca plant. The coca plant grows primarily in South America. This drug is typically used by snorting the powder up the nose. Cocaine can be found in several different forms - powder, liquid, and crystals or chunks. The powdered form of cocaine that you find on the street is often mixed with other substances, or drugs, to decrease it's potency. The crystal form of cocaine is referred to as "crack". Crack cocaine and powder cocaine are not any different. Crack is reported to be more addictive though.
The slang names for "crack" can be rocks, stones, or free-base. The slang names for the powder form of cocaine can include blow, snow, coke, flake, powder, charlie, or simply "c".
Effects & Side-Effects
Cocaine is a very powerful stimulant. Most users feel more energy, might be more talkative than usual, and be very alert. Cocaine is reported to also make users feel less hungry or thirsty. Snorting the powder form of cocaine can produce a high for 15 - 20 minutes. Smoking the "crack" form of cocaine produces a shorter high, but one that is more intense. Because of the short high, users can quickly become addicted. As the body adapts to the cocaine, users have to take more and more to get the same high feeling. This increases the user's cravings and can lead to anxiety and depression.
Are There Any Risks?
Yes. There are lots of risks to using cocaine in any form. The risks can be to one's physical and mental health. Using cocaine can damage the heart, create blood clots and cause heart attacks. Smoking it can damage the lungs and snorting can damage the inside of the nose.
The mental aspect of cocaine use can be very hard on addicts. Long term abuse causes weight loss, constant restlessness and sleep loss. In some situations, cocaine users can experience extreme bouts of depression. Some users can even become violent due to paranoia from extended abuse.
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